Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta

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Community Projects

Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta, Alberta

c/o Santa Fe Plaza
18178 – 102 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5S 1S7

Dusty Twinn, Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta
Gwen Muskwa, Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta
Brenda Parlee, University of Alberta
Shalene Jobin, University of Alberta

There are many kinds of changes which have happened over the last 100 years in the Mackenzie River Basin. Among the most significant changes that have occurred have been in northern Alberta in the Peace, Athabasca and Slave River areas. This region falls within the Treaty 8 territory. This area is called “Beh Shih Ne” in Dene (South Slavey); the river is called “Deh”, “Tsa gheh” in our languages. Both workshops and a boat trip are required to document the histories about these areas as well as details about observed changes in water, fish ecology and fishing livelihoods. The project will be carried out collaboratively between the Livelihood Committee and the Elders Committee of Treaty 8 First Nations and include elders from Jean D’or Prairie, Chateh and Beaver. The project timeline (2016) includes two elders meetings and follow up semi structured interviews (July-October) and a preliminary boat trip from the North Peace River from Fort Vermillion to Garden River to conduct on-the land interviews and place names work (August-September) We specifically want to 1) document places of social, ecological significance and ‘stories’ of change in the health of the Peace-Athabasca-Slave area including changes in water levels, fish health and fishing livelihoods. 2) By including youth in the boat trip and during the elders’ meetings, we also want to ensure that this knowledge is passed on for future generations.

Treaty 8 First Nations Alberta

18178-102 Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5S 1S7

The Canoe trip will occur Aug 7-11, 2017 and the North Peace Region First Nations will participate. The goal of the trip is to have 25 canoes on the Peace River to represent the 24 Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta and one canoe to represent the Treaty 8 First Nations Organization. The recommendation is to send one Elder and one Youth from each to participate in the canoe trip. The trip will begin with a feast at Beaver First Nation, and the next day travel will launch from Fort Vermillion Bridge to Little Red River First Nation (Garden River) on the Peace River. Elders will share wisdom with youth on preserving the lands for use by future generations, to ensure that Treaty 8 citizens will continue to exercise their inherent and Treaty rights in the territory. The project aims at capacity-building – finding knowledge keepers that have firsthand knowledge about oral histories, land stewardship, linguistic and world views, customs and traditions, and knowledge of the lakes and rivers of the territory. The community impacts of change will be documented, as well as TEK and possibly knowledge transfer. The data, interviews, and knowledge gathered will be held by Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta. The information can be shared with partners and sharing of the information will be guided by the application of First Nations OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession) standards and principles.

Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta

18178-102 Avenue,
Edmonton, AB  T5S 1S7

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Get In Touch

Phone: (780) 444-9366
Toll Free: (888)-TREATY-8
Fax: (780) 484-1465