Ekwò zò gha dzô nats’êdè - “We Live Here For Caribou”

Tłı̨chǫ Traditional Knowledge Reports: Series 2
Release Date: 
February, 2016

Cumulative Impacts Study on the Bathurst Caribou

This study is based on the traditional knowledge (TK) of the people in Wekweètì, Northwest Territories. It investigates the connection between Tłı̨chǫ and the Bathurst caribou from three perspectives: 1) the importance of caribou in the hunting economy, and thus as a foundation for maintaining the Tłıc̨hǫ culture, language and way of life; 2) cumulative impacts on the herd and 3) the connection between ecosystem and culture, and the co-dependent erosion of biological and cultural diversity. Lastly, the report outlines several steps to resolve these issues.

The study was based on the traditional knowledge of the following Tłı̨chǫ elders and harvesters:
  • Jimmy Kodzin
  • Noella Kodzin
  • Bobby Pea
  • Joseph Dryneck
  • William Quitte
  • Virginia Lamouelle
  • Bruce Football
  • Roy Judas Johnny Smallgeese
  • Joseph Judas
  • Cathy Dryneck
  • Johnny Boline
  • Julia Bolin
  • Mary Adele Football
  • Robert Mackenzie
  • Philip Dryneck

Researchers: Georgina Chocolate and Rita Wetrade

GIS Technician: Michael Birlea

Principal Investigator and Author: Petter Jacobsen

ISBN Number: 978-1-896790-53-4