Traditional Knowledge Guidelines
Traditional Knowledge (TK) is the preferred term among Inuvialuit for land-based, embodied, practical knowledge about the land, animals, plants, and other living things.
Well-documented and defensible TK research is important when preparing data and evidence in support of environmental assessments, land and water management, wildlife management, conservation planning, aboriginal self-government decision making, land claims negotiations, and other applied purposes. In support of high-quality TK research, we have created the Conduct of Traditional Knowledge Research Guide.
The objective of this document is to provide background information and practical guidance for principal investigators (research directors) and other researchers planning to conduct TK research in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR). In reviewing past research in the ISR and other parts of Canada, the authors have observed that: (1) current research standards across northern Canada vary greatly from one project to the next; (2) a significant amount of the TK research does not meet minimal data quality standards; and, (3) TK research and studies are falling under increasing critical scrutiny, especially where documented TK is at odds with science-based knowledge. Our hope is that the Guide will facilitate a rigorous, consistent approach to TK research throughout the ISR, and beyond.