2017 Boots on the Ground Caribou Monitoring Results Report
The Boots on the Ground 2017 Results report is a yearly document presenting the results from the second field season of summer 2017. It provides the context and background of the program, and specifically the TK framework of “We Watch Everything,” a holistic monitoring approach combining biological and cultural perspectives; the field-based methodology named “Do as Hunters Do; the results from the second field season of summer 2017; and a discussion of the results, focusing on the current state of caribou and cumulative impacts from mining infrastructure, predation and climate change.
Boots on the Ground (BOTG) is a caribou monitoring program based upon the Traditional Knowledge (TK) of Tłı̨chǫ and Inuit indigenous elders and harvesters. The program is a collaboration between the Tłı̨chǫ Government, Government of Northwest Territories-Environment and Natural Resources (GNWT-ENR), the Wek’èezhìi Renewable Resource Board (WRRB) and Dominion Diamond Mines ULC (DD). Funding was provided by Tłı̨chǫ Government, DD and the GNWT-Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program (CIMP).
The program commenced in the summer of 2016 and is expected to extend to 2021 or longer. The objectives are to monitor the conditions of Bathurst caribou on the post-calving range herd, focusing on four key indicators: (1) habitat; (2) caribou; (3) predators, and (4) industrial development.