Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation

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Community Projects

Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation, Northwest Territories
SEAN MCGEE, NI HATI’NI PROGRAM MANAGER

Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation
Łutsël K’é , NT X0E 1A0

Lauren King, Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation – Wildlife, Lands and Environment Manager
Joseph Catholique, Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation
Eddie Drybones, Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation
David Delafield, University of Alberta
Brenda Parlee, University of Alberta

The Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation (LKDFN), along with our Akaitcho partner Deninu Kue First Nation (DKFN), will embark on two canoe trips in our Akaitcho territory. These canoe trips provide LKDFN and DKFN Traditional Knowledge (TK) holders and youth opportunities to be out on-the-water; practice and transfer traditional skills and knowledge to youth; implement Denésǫłıné fish and water indicators; TK collection and documentation methods; and develop thresholds to trigger stewardship responses. These canoe trips will be an enriching experiences for all participants, and in particular the youth, and will hopefully instill pride in themselves and their strong and unique culture. The first canoe trip is planned for summer 2016 and the second canoe trip in summer 2017. There will be 10-14 LKDFN and DKFN members participating in the canoe trips. These canoe trips will happen in the Slave Basin, on the east arm of Tu Nedhe (Great Slave Lake).

Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation, Northwest Territories
RAY GRIFFITH, MANAGER

Wildife Lands and Environment,
P.O. Box 28
Lutsel K’e, NWT X0E 1A0

The LKDFN along with Akaitcho partner Deninu Kue First Nation (DKFN) will embark on two canoe trips in the Akaitcho territory, that will provide traditional knowledge holders and youth opportunities to be out on the water, practice and transfer traditional skills and knowledge, implement Denesoline fish and water indicators, collect TK and document mentods, and develop thresholds to trigger stewardship responses. The purpose is to record and interpret Denesoline Traditional Knowledge (TK) and stories transmitted during a multi-day travel experience on the Snowdrift River. This research aims to contribute to northern, Indigenous, community-based research by illuminating the knowledges and the narratives of land users, elders and youth from the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation (LKDFN). In particular, the study aims to work with LKDFN representatives to document and understand how traditional land-based knowledges and narratives can contribute to Dene self-determination, land and water governance, and cultural livelihoods. This study engages the principles of community-based and Indigenous research methodologies so as to ensure priorities and processes are determined by community representatives, and that research outcomes have direct relevance to the LKDFN. The five guiding research questions have been developed in partnership with both the Wildlife, Lands and Environment Department (WLED) and the Ni Hat’ni water governance program. These research questions include: 1. What TK and narratives are transmitted during the Snowdrift river travel and land camp experience? 2. What environmental, social, and cultural changes are observed and communicated by LKDFN representatives on the Snowdrift? 3. How are stories used to transmit knowledge among LKDFN representatives during the Snowdrift river travel experience? 4. How does the Snowdrift travel experience contribute to LKDFN governance of ancestral waters and lands?5. What impact does the Snowdrift land camp/travel experience have on LKDFN youth connections land, traditional knowledge, and culture? These canoe trips will be an enriching experience for all participants, and in particular the youth, and will hopefully instill pride in a strong and unique culture. There will be 10-14 members participating in the trips, that will happen in the Slave Basin, on the east arm of Great Slave Lake.

Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation, Northwest Territories
LAUREN KING, MANAGER, WILDLIFE LANDS AND ENVIRONMENT

P.O. Box 28,
Lutsel K’e, NWT X0E 1A0

Land users and youth from the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation will embark on an 8-day educational canoe trip from Tl’ombali Tue (Tent Lake) to Tthao Ts’ai Tue (Austin Lake) – a traditional route of the Lutsel K’e Denesoline. The canoe trip provides youth with an opportunity to connect with and experience a portion of their traditional territory ad for land users to pass on their traditional knowledge to the next generation. As guardians of their land and water, the participants will apply their traditional knowledge and document the health of the environment. This canoe trip is an enriching experience for all participants, and in particular the youth, and will instill a sense of pride in themselves, their culture, and their land. This project will help develop community members’ capacity to monitor a portion of their traditional territory, be trained to record observations on the land. The information collected with be held in the community’s Traditional Knowledge archive and will be used to inform water governance.

Community Projects