Project Reports And Publications, Traditional Use, Traditional Knowledge, Inuvialuit
Yukon North Slope Inuvialuit Traditional Use Study
The Yukon North Slope Inuvialuit Traditional Use (YNS ITU) study provides important
information in support of the Yukon North Slope Wildlife Conservation and Management Plan. It establishes a contemporary baseline for Inuvialuit use of the YNS and provides the basis for identifying the measures necessary to conserve and protect Inuvialuit use, now and in the future.
Conduct of Traditional Knowledge Research— A REFERENCE 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 Traditional Knowledge research on the
Yukon North Slope.
This Guide is a resource document for both researchers and communities. It attempts to
clarify expectations and develop common understandings that will help communities
and researchers work together.
It also provides information and references related to conducting research on the
Yukon North Slope and adjacent areas, including the Gwich’in Settlement Area of the
Aklavik Local and Traditional Knowledge About Grizzly Bear of the Yukon North Slope
This report forms part of a much larger collaborative initiative with WMAC NS partners to better understand grizzly bears of the Yukon North Slope. In 2006 and 2007, interviews were conducted with knowledge holders in Aklavik. This study summarizes the knowledge shared.
The Inuvialuit Final Agreement
(IFA) states grizzly bears in the ISR will be cooperatively
managed to ensure that grizzly bears and their habitat are protected and the
harvesting rights of Inuvialuit are preserved. In this spirit, many parties, including WMAC(NS), came together to decide how grizzly bears should be management in the region. The Co-Management Plan for Grizzly Bears in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) was adopted in 1998.
Signed in 1984, the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA) stands as one of Canada's first modern land claims. As signatories to the IFA, Inuvialuit, Canada, and the Government of Yukon all have constitutionally protected rights, roles, and responsibilities under the Agreement. The IFA is also where WMAC(NS) was born - the Wildlife Management Advisory Council for the North Slope springs directly from the Agreement and has been active since 1988.