Treaty 8 Tribal Association of British Columbia

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Community Projects

Treaty 8 Tribal Association, British Columbia
DIANE ABEL, TREATY 8 TRIBAL ASSOCIATION

10233-100 Ave
Fort St. John, British Columbia V1J1Y8

Art Napoleon, Treaty 8 Tribal Association
Val Napoleon, University of Victoria
Amabel D’Souza, University of Alberta
Brenda Parlee, University of Alberta

By introducing a team of 8 community youth to the basic concepts of research, combined with the knowledge of local elders, this project will document and recreate the traditional pre-European fishing methods, such as netting with the natural fibres, fish weirs and fish traps. A lot of old Dane Zaa fishing methods were abandoned long ago and it is unlikely that there are elders who have direct knowledge of these techniques; thus, background research will be required to identify these methods in addition to field research. A secondary aspect of the project is to identify Cree and Dunneza names and uses of specific fish species. Eagle Island is located downsteam from the Bennett Dam, which is known to have contaminated fish populations. For the final phase of the project, the youth will be testing fish for mercury contamination levels. The project will be professionally recorded using HD video and still photography.

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