Catalogue Organisation

The Catalogue provides detailed information on any publications that reference Inuvialuit traditional knowledge. In addition, to provide reference information such as title, author, year, etc., the type of traditional knowledge contained in each material is also described. As per Beaufort Sea Partnership's definition of traditional knowledge, this includes Traditional Environmental Knowledge, Traditional Land Use and Traditional Practices.

The Catalogue also includes Knowledge.

Additionally, there are many materials that discuss traditional knowledge and how to incorporate it with science, but do not contain traditional knowledge in the form of oral histories or interviews. These materials are included in the database under another category: Integration of TK with Western Science.

The following information is catalogued for these five categories:

1. Traditional Environmental Knowledge:
  • Climate and Weather
  • Ocean (sea ice, currents, etc.)
  • Freshwater (Rivers and Lakes)
  • Permafrost activity
  • Land Erosion
  • Contaminated Sites
  • Terrestrial Habitat
  • Ecology (species specific):
    • Population distribution
    • Population density
    • Feeding areas
    • Mating/Denning/Rearing
    • Migration route
    • Habitat use
    • Invasive species
    • Species health
    • Species reproduction
    • Disease
2. Traditional Land Use:
  • Place Names
  • Travel Routes
  • Camps
  • Cabins
  • Burial sites
  • Culturally significant sites
  • Landmarks
  • Historical sites
  • Hunting Areas
  • Trapping Areas
  • Fishing Areas
  • Gathering Areas
3. Traditional Practices:
  • Art
  • Dietary preferences and culinary practices
  • Fishing
  • Gathering
  • Housing
  • Hunting
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Recreation
  • Religious spiritual practices and beliefs
  • Trade
  • Trapping
4. Local Knowledge:
  • Includes any current knowledge held by community members
5. Integration of Traditional Knowledge with Western Science:
  • Includes anything that discusses the conceptualization of traditional knowledge and how it can be, is, and/or must be integrated with scientific knowledge

This catalogue does not presume to offer interpretation of the materials that are included or excluded. With that, the database is designed to highlight the value of traditional knowledge, without providing unrestricted access to it.

This website is not a comprehensive list of all research publications containing Inuvialuit Traditional Knowledge, people using this website are encouraged to cross reference with other sources. It is not intended to represent a current and verified catalogue as it is sporadically updated. This website should not be reproduced without consent. The Joint Secretariat and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation is not responsible for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies resulting from the interpretation of this data. The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation is not responsible for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies resulting from the interpretation of this data and is not liable for any losses and/or expenses of whatsoever form arising from the use or dissemination of the data, graphics or information depicted on this website.