Projects Database

Our research agenda in the Tłı̨chǫ region has historically been broad in scope covering a variety of research interests covering the environment, health and wellness, and Tłı̨chǫ language, culture and way of life.  The number of projects we are able to support is steadily increasing as we build the capacity to move beyond only being able to support the research interests of other organizations and individuals, to identifying, planning and implementing the research that is of most value to people in our communities and to the Tłı̨chǫ Government.

The following descriptions are intended as a compendium of current and past research projects over the past few years undertaken by the Tłı̨chǫ Research & Training Institute and its partners, the Tłı̨chǫ Government, and its predecessor, the Dogrib Treaty 11 Council (1992-2005), and the Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency and its predecessors, the Dogrib Community Services Agency (1997-2005)  and the Dogrib Divisional Board of Education (1989-1997):

Current Projects:

Tłı̨chǫ Diabetes Research Project:

Category: Graduate Students, Health and Wellness
Release Year: 2014

This graduate student research project created an evidence-based plan for a comprehensive diabetes program tailored to meet the needs of each Tłı̨chǫ community as well as a foundation of knowledge about diabetes self-care, prevention and treatment with Community Health Workers and other community members. This process also included the development of a curriculum to train two people from each community to become certified community diabetes educators (CDEs). The curriculum was designed to meet national standards while fitting into a Tłı̨chǫ community wellness framework.

Whose North? The Intersection of Sovereignty between Indigenous Nations and the State

Category: Governance, Graduate Students
Release Year: 2014

This research focuses on studying the intersection between the sovereignty of Aboriginal Nations and Canada. It builds upon an MA thesis in Indigenous Governance “The Tłı̨chǫ Agreement and Small Acts of Freedom: From Self-Government to Self-Determination”, which positions the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement, a modern treaty between the Government of Canada and the Tłı̨chǫ, as an instrument facilitating the eventual exercise of Indigenous self-determination. This research demonstrated that the Tłı̨chǫ are using the new political space created by self-government, as a framework for decolonizing by protecting, recovering, revitalizing, adapting and operationalizing ways of being that are uniquely Indigenous.

Tłı̨chǫ Use and Knowledge of ɂewaànıt’ııtı̀

Category: Environmental Monitoring, Traditional Knowledge
Release Year: 2012

This report describes the Tłı̨chǫ 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 Tłı̨chǫ use and knowledge of the ɂewaànıt’ııtı̀ area. The Tłı̨chǫ Government will use this report in the environmental assessment process for the proposed gold mine at ɂewaànit’iitì.

Įłàà Katì Traditional Knowledge Festival and TEDx conference in Yellowknife September 19-2

Category: Traditional Knowledge
Release Year: 2014

On September 19 to October 2, 2014, the Tłı̨chǫ Government, in partnership with the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and the Canadian Polar Commission hosted a multi-event symposium to advance the understanding and uses of Traditional Knowledge in Canada’s North and in the nation as a whole.  The Festival comprised a number of inter-locking events: A traditional afternoon gathering in Behchokǫ̀ in honor of Aboriginal elders with a focus on the contributions of traditional knowledge to the structure and programs of the Tłı̨chǫ Government, “TEDx Sǫǫ̀mbak’è”, a one-day TEDx event,  and a one-day scholarly symposium  at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife, a TK exhibition including booth displays, cultural demonstrations and a book fair and a mentorship program at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre for northern graduate students. 

Hozi Deè: By Canoe from Gamètì to Gots'ǫkàtı̀, and back.

Category: Traditional Knowledge, Health and Wellness, Language and Culture
Release Year: 2014

The Tłı̨chǫ have always travelled long ways to maintain their traditional way of life and their network of trails cover their entire traditional land use area. From August 22nd to September 9th 2014, four canoes went on a 18 day return trip from Gameti to Gots'ǫkàtı̀ on the barrenland, to revive and open up the old canoe trail. This project stems from the community members desire to revive the network of traditional trails and the associated important cultural places. Part of the project, was to strengthen the language and cultural knowledge of younger generations. Of the 23 participants, 16 were young persons who learned from the elders who know the land travelled through. A documentary will be produced of the journey to the barrenlands and the elders’ teachings.

Traditional Knowledge Study for the Diavik Soil and Lichen Sampling Study

Category: Environmental Monitoring, Traditional Knowledge
Release Year: 2018
End Year: 2018

This project was a collaboration between Diavik Diamond Mines and Dedats’eetsaa to document and apply traditional knowledge in Diavik’s Soil and Sampling Program. The program examined if dust from the mining activities are absorbed into the lichen and ingested by caribou, by sampling soil and lichen at specific distances from the mine site. The purpose of the traditional knowledge study was to assess the type of landscapes caribou prefer for forage, use and migration, and to assess the lichen conditions at the sample sites to investigate how dust from the mine potentially affect caribou use of the area.

Cumulative Impacts on the Bathurst Caribou Herd: a Tłı̨chǫ Traditional Knowledge Study

Category: Environmental Monitoring, Traditional Knowledge

This study was a collaborative project with the harvesters and elders from Dechì Laotì (People of the treeline) in Wekweètì. The purpose of the study was to improve our understanding of the cumulative impacts on the Bathurst Caribou herd, by identifying factors of disturbance and their consequences for the caribou migration, population dynamics and health.