Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Framework

Governments from around the world recognize the value of incorporating Aboriginal traditional knowledge into the Environmental Impact Assessment process. Specifically, the Government of Canada has posited that "Aboriginal peoples have a unique knowledge about the local environment, how it functions, and its characteristic ecological relationships. This Aboriginal traditional knowledge (ATK) is increasingly being recognized as an important part of project planning, resource management, and environmental assessment (EA)," similarly the Government of Alberta has recognized that Traditional Land-Use studies are a required element of the Environmental Impact Assessment completed in the province. While this recognition is an important first step, Aboriginal groups, industry partners, and government departments in the region are increasingly recognizing that there is yet a process for ensuring the effective incorporation and use of Traditional Knowledge in Environmental Impact Assessments.

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Contractor the firelight group
Contract Number 2014-0005