Inuvialuit Fisheries Joint Management Committee

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Community Projects

Inuvialuit Fisheries Joint Management Committee, Northwest Territories
KRISTIN HYNES, FISHERIES JOINT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

PO Box 2120
Inuvik, NT X0E0T0

Cassandra Elliott, TLK Coordinator
Michelle Gruben, Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee
Martha Blake, Inuvik Hunters and Trappers Committee
Trevor Lantz, University of Victoria
Sonia Wesche, University of Ottawa
Iria Heredia Vasquez, University of Ottawa

The Mackenzie River Delta area is an important source of subsistence fisheries for the Inuvialuit, that contributes to the overall sustainability of fishing livelihoods for the communities of Aklavik, Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. This program aims to document and assess the importance of fisheries in the Mackenzie River Delta area to Inuvialuit from Aklavik and Inuvik through TK interviews, mapping of environmental change with implications towards fish habitat, and engaging Inuvialuit from each community in a fish camp that includes youth, elders and active fishers as a knowledge sharing event. TK interviews will be aimed at collecting information on: 1) the relative importance of different fish species to Inuvialuit livelihoods; 2) observed changes in fish species for health/condition, distribution and harvest levels; and 3) observations of environmental change in the Mackenzie River Delta area. The fish camps for each community will provide learning opportunity for youth (local knowledge and scientific sampling techniques), the opportunity to discuss the broad outcomes and feedback that were obtained through the TK interviews, as well as provide a forum for discussion on future directions and Inuvialuit priorities for research and monitoring (traditional and local knowledge, scientific) in the Mackenzie River Delta. All of the TK collected will documented and maintained at Inuvialuit organizations, and outcomes will contribute to the local co-management of fisheries in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. The knowledge collected through this program will also contribute to the broader Tracking Change project which is focused on gathering knowledge across the Mackenzie River Basin.

Inuvialuit Fisheries Joint Management Committe, Northwest Territories
KRISTIN HYNES, FISHERIES RESOURCE SPECIALIST

PO Box 2120 Inuvik,
NWT X0E 0T0

The Mackenzie River Delta area is an important source of subsistence fisheries for the Inuvialuit, that contributes to the overall sustainability of fishing livelihoods for the communities of Aklavik, Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. This program aims to build on the results of interviews completed in 2016, through more focused discussions on changes to fish, fish habitat and fishing livelihoods that have been observed by Inuvialuit from Aklavik and Inuvik. Discussions will be on the land during fish camps that each community HTC (Aklavik, Inuvik) will coordinate. FJMC staff will discuss the potential for collaborative opportunities on food security with staff at the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC). The fish camps for each community will also provide learning opportunity for youth (local knowledge), the opportunity to discuss the broad outcomes and feedback that were obtained through the TK interviews, as well as provide a forum for discussion on future directions and Inuvialuit priorities for research and monitoring (traditional and local knowledge, scientific) in the Mackenzie River Delta. All of the TK collected will be documented and maintained at Inuvialuit organizations, and outcomes will contribute to the local co-management of fisheries in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region and contribute to the broader Tracking Change project which is focused on gathering knowledge across the Mackenzie River Basin.

Inuvialuit Fisheries Joint Management Committee, Northwest Territories 
KRISTIN HYNES, FISHERIES RESOURCE SPECIALIST

PO Box 2120 Inuvik,
NWT X0E 0T0

The Mackenzie River Delta area is an important source of subsistence fisheries for the Inuvialuit that contributes to the overall sustainability of fishing livelihoods for the communities of Aklavik, Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. Common fish species in the Delta that contribute to Inuvialuit subsistence include whitefish, inconnu and burbot, however, in recent years increased salmon abundance has been observed. A partnership between Tracking Change and Fisheries and Oceans Canada aims to conduct a two-year project to gather, document, and distribute local and traditional knowledge about salmon and the changing environmental conditions that may be influencing biodiversity shifts of fishes in the Mackenzie River Delta. In 2018, we hope to use support from Tracking Change to conduct a pilot year for this project. Specifically, we will organize 2 fish camps to: 1) record local knowledge of Pacific Salmon, 2) seek local input on the direction and structure of the project, and 3) assist with development of interview questions to be used in 2019. This will be achieved through discussions and interviews focused on historical salmon presence, abundance, species, distributions, and subsistence use, as well as observed changes in the environment. The fish camp will also provide opportunities to learn and share local knowledge and scientific sampling techniques, both of which will be used to collect information on different fish species. The study area will be focused around Aklavik and Inuvik and will engage Inuvialuit from the communities including youth, elders and active fishers. The knowledge collected through this program will also contribute to the co-management of fisheries in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region and the broader Tracking Change project.

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