Initiatives

Traditional and Local Knowledge Coordination

Traditional and Local Knowledge (TLK) offers an abundance of information and invaluable insights that are critical to informing decision making processes in the Beaufort Sea. As such, the Beaufort Sea Partnership and the Traditional and Local Knowledge Working Group (TLK WG) are working to improve TLK coordination in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR).

One example of this is the development of the Inuvialuit Traditional and Local Knowledge Catalogue at the Inuvialuit Joint Secretariat. This catalogue aims to increase the accessibility of existing Inuvialuit Traditional and Local Knowledge studies so that this information is available for use by community members and decision-makers.

As well, the TLK WG is involved in developing policy documents and provides guidance to the TLK Coordinator; a new position that will work to guide and coordinate TLK research in the ISR.

Traditional Knowledge has already been used to help identify Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas in the Beaufort Sea Large Ocean Management Area (LOMA) and will continue to be used in making similar planning decisions.

Learn more about the TLK WG objectives