Tłįchǫ Use and Knowledge of ɂewaànıt’ııtı̀

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Friday, June 1, 2012

This report describes the Tłįchǫ Traditional Knowledge (TK) study of the area encompassing Seabridge Gold Inc’s exploration project at ɂewaànıt’ııtı̀ (Courageous Lake). The purpose of the TK research was to identify Tłįchǫ use and knowledge of the ɂewaànıt’ııtı̀ area. The Tłįchǫ Government will use this report in the environmental assessment process for the proposed gold mine at ɂewaànit’iitì.

The report describes the cultural significance of ɂewaànıt’ııtı̀. Tłįchǫ use and knowledge of ɂewaànıt’ııtı̀ is described by following Tłįchǫ seasonal lifeways throughout the study area. The research results describe the use of ɂewaànit’iitì during fall and winter. In the fall Tłįchǫ traveled to ɂewaànıt’ııtı̀ to hunt caribou, collect plants for traditional medicines, pick berries and to fish. Tłįchǫ people overwintered at ɂewaànıt’ııtı̀, hunting and trapping. The journey from the ɂewaànıt’ııtı̀ area back to the treeline and towards Behchokǫ̀ is described. The stories of the Elders are used to explain the use of the area.

The study documented traditional knowledge of caribou migration route from ɂek’atì (Lac De Gras) in the north through ɂewaànıt’ııtı̀ and Nǫdìikahtì (Mackay Lake) towards Wekweètì and the Tłįchǫ hunting grounds. Concerns and predicted impacts from the proposed development on one of the main caribou migration routes towards the Tłįchǫ hunting grounds are described by the elders.

Download a pdf copy of the research study.