2017 Boots on the Ground Research Camp at Kokètì (Contwoyto lake)
2017 Kokètì (Contwoyto lake) Boots-on-the-Ground
For six weeks during July and August 2017, the Boots-on-the-ground caribou monitoring program was camped at Kokètì (Contwoyto lake). Boots on the Ground is a caribou monitoring program based on the traditional knowledge of indigenous elders and harvesters.
The program is based on traditional ways of walking and watching caribou and the land. We developed our monitoring methodology “Do as hunters do” as its based on the lifeways of hunters; by identifying and waiting at specific na'oke (water crossings) and following caribou herds by boat and on foot. From the elder's holistic concept “we watch everything”, we identified traditional knowledge indicators of a healthy environment by assessing caribou and habitat conditions, impacts from predators, climate change and industrial activities.
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