Akaitcho Territorial Government

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Community Projects

Akaitcho Territorial Government, Northwest Territories

General Delivery
Deninu Kue, X0E0M0

Mike Tollis. Akaitcho Territorial Government
Diane Giroux, Akaitcho Territorial Government
Lauren King, Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation
Cochise Paulette, Smith’s Landing First Nation
Rosy Bjornson, Treaty 8 Tribal Corporation

The Akaitcho Territorial Government is seeking support for Traditional Knowledge research and a gathering of elders and youth from the four communities around Great Slave Lake to meet on the lake (Simpson Islands) and discuss the incorporation of Traditional Knowledge into a regional water monitoring program as well as in the overall governance and policy within Akaitcho. The project will bring five Chiefs, 5 technical staff, 2 elders and 2 youth from each of Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation, Deninu Kue First Nation and Salt River First Nation, by boat to Simpson Islands for a three day meeting to discuss the following:
(1) Environmental indicators of a healthy/unhealthy/changing aquatic ecosystem,
(2) Observed changes in fish health, population, and other observations, (3) Elders’ involvement in the future monitoring and management of Great Slave Lake from an indigenous perspective, and; (4) How the First Nations together can begin to better incorporate TK into governance structures and policies to better reflect the indigenous ways and teachings of the ancestors. Outcomes of the gathering will serve 2 major functions. The first, is the often called-for, and newly developed, Regional Akaitcho Water Monitoring Program, which through the workshop, will be guided by the use of the knowledge shared on water and fish management. The second
is the overall governance of the First Nations as well as the Regional Government where, for the first time, Elders and youth will have the opportunity to comment on their current governance structures and identify areas for improvement or alteration.

Akaitcho Territory Government, NWT
Annie Boucher, Executive Director; Mike Tollis, Dane Giroux

General Delivery
Deninu Kue, NWT X0E 0M0

The Akaitcho First Nations will host an on the land workshop to build off the experiences and knowledge shared in the previous two workshops held on water issues. Building on the previous Tracking Change – supported workshop last year, we are seeking to better define the threats facing our aquatic ecosystem today. We will focus on better defining these threats as to being natural or unnatural, and working towards an understanding of if they are manageable or mitigatable, or if they are something that we would have to adapt to. Through sharing of traditional knowledge, we will work towards the end goal of how we are going to deal with the problems we face now and into the future. On the subject of the future, the last TC workshop in Akaitcho identified a serious component that must be included if we are to give the future the respect it requires, and that is the involvement of youth at all levels. In the planning of this workshop, we put a major focus on the youth participation in the workshop, not simply having youth present (youth will make up approximately 50% of workshop participants), but engaging them through boat experiences with Elders, sitting down with Chiefs, and having their input in the conversations be heard and discussed. The youth will not only be the ones to inherit this water issues, but having them see respect shown at all levels of interaction is key to the success of the First Nations.

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Phone: (867) 394-3313
Fax: (867) 394-3413