The purpose of the catalogue is to improve the accessibility and application of traditional and local knowledge research in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR). This catalogue is to encourage the use of traditional knowledge in management decisions, by serving Inuvialuit community members and organizations, scientific partners and governmental agencies.
This catalogue is a Beaufort Sea Partnership's (BSP) Initiative, supported by the Traditional and Local Knowledge Working Group. Work on this catalogue is done in partnership between the Joint Secretariat, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, and the Beaufort Sea Partnership.
For the development of this catalogue the following definition, offered by the Beaufort Sea Partnership was used:
Traditional Knowledge is defined as a shared, collective body of knowledge incorporating environmental, cultural and social elements. Therefore, Traditional Knowledge is a combination of traditional environmental knowledge, traditional land use, and traditional practices. It is a continuous body of knowledge passed on from generation to generation and continues to grow and evolve over time. The fact that Traditional Knowledge is continuous and evolving over time reflects the incorporation of current knowledge into Traditional Knowledge. Local Knowledge (LK) is current knowledge held by people within a community. It can be gained by any individual who has spent considerable time on the land or water observing nature and natural processes.
Materials that contain traditional and local knowledge in accordance with this definition are included in the database. Materials that do not contain traditional knowledge are not included in the database.
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.