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ExpertsexaminetraditionalknowledgeusageinNWTFestivalbringstogetherregionalinternationalauthoritiesonTKTuesdaySeptember23201423EDUCATIONTRADITIONALKNOWLEDGEAnnualGeneralAssemblyNorthwestTerritoryMtisNationJOINUSATTHERoaringRapidsHallinFORTSMITHNovember18212014FormoreinformationpleasecontactNWTMtisNation25CamsellStreetFortSmithNT867872-2770ByDALICARMICHAELJustweeksafteroneoftheboatsfromthestoriedFranklinexpeditionwasdiscovered-withthehelpoflocalInuitknowledge-del-egatesmetovertheweekendtodiscussthebenetsofelevatingtraditionalknowledgeTKtoalevelwhereitsharessimilarsta-tuswithWesternscienceintheNorthwestTerritories.ThekatTradtionalKnowledgeFesti-valorganizedbytheTlichogovernmentthePrinceofWalesNorthernHeritagecentreandtheCanadianPolarCommissioninvitedmembersoftheinternationalcommunitytoconvergeinYellowknifeandBehchokoovertheweekendandmulloverincreasingmer-itsofindigenousTKusage.Wevebeeninvolvedwithresearchstud-iesgoingbackquitealongwaysintothe50sand60sandevenbeforethatwiththeearlyexplorerssaidJohnB.ZoeoneoftheeventorganizersaspecialadvisortotheTlichogovernmentandchairpersonoftheTlichoresearchandtraininginstitute.Weveneverreallybeenpartofresearchbefore.Wevebeenontheendofthemicroscopewhereweretheonesbeingstudied.ZoesaidthefestivalwasdesignedtogatherbothlocalandinternationalexpertsonTKtodiscusshowtheyuseTKandhowthatusagecomparesintheterritory.AsmoreautonomyandmoregovernmentandmoreresponsibilitygoesbacktotheAb-originalpeoplewewanttobemoreinvolvedinresearchhesaid.Academicsgovernmentrepresentativesindustryworkersandtraditionalknowledgeholderswererepresentedatthesold-outtalks.Fridaykickedoffwithasessionforgradstu-dentsusingtraditionalknowledgeintheirstudieswheretheycoulddiscusstheirworkwitheldersandTKholders.FollowingthatfestivalgoersweretransportedtoBehchokowherelocalsincludingZoepresentedthevarioususesofTKingovernmentlandusewildlifestewardshipandsocialprogramswithinthecommunity.OnSaturdayTEDxYellowknifecapturedvariousspeakersastheysharedtheirexpe-rienceslearningaboutandusingtraditionalknowledge.Thefollowingdayapanelofex-pertsaddressedthequestionofhowgovern-mentsandindustrycanmoreappropriatelyrespecttheknowledgeofindigenouspeoplesandtraditionalknowledge.TKablipongovernmentradarItrytostayawayfromtheseconversationsbecauseIndthatalotofthemaresortofrepetitive...Alotoftalkingaboutisituse-fulisitvalidandsoonsaidStephenEllisoneofSundayspanelists.Ithinkweneedtobealongwaybeyondthatconversation.EllisisaNorthernseniorassociatewithTidesCanadaanenvironmentalstewardshipcom-panythatprovidesnancialandprojectman-agementservicesforphilanthropistsfounda-tionsactivistsandcivilorganizations.WhilelivinginLutselKefor12yearshealsoworkedwithFirstNationsgovernmentandindustrytoaddresslandandresourcechallenges.Certainlythegovernmenthereplayslipservice-Ohweconsidertraditionalknowl-edgeequallyandsoon-butitdoesntreallyplayoutEllissaid.ThesystemisstillverymuchdominatedbyWesternbureaucraticwaysofdoingthingsandscienticwaysofdoingthingsaswell.JoanneBarnabyaformerspecialadvi-sortothepremierwithalmost30yearsofexperienceprovidingconsultingservicestogovernmentindigenousgroupsandindustryregardingTKsomewhatagreedwithEllis.Ivehadmixedexperiencesintermsofgov-ernmentuseoftraditionalknowledgeshesaid.Sometimesitsbeensomewhatsuccess-fulothertimesitsbeenatotalfailure.Iguessitdependsonhowcontroversialtheissueis.WhiletherehavebeensomecaseswherethegovernmenthassoughtouttraditionalknowledgefromlocalAboriginalgroupsliketheNWTProtectedAreasStrategyBarnabysaiditwasfarfrombeingthenorm.PeopleresistchangeIdontthinkitsevergoingtobeeasyshesaid.ThegovernmentisembeddedintheWesternsystemitsnotembeddedintraditionalknowledge.Itsanongoingchallengetoeducateandtondwaystobringforwardknowledgeinawaythattheycanunderstanditandappreciatethevalue.PhotocourtesyofTonyRabescaAnonlookerexaminesinformationprovidedbytheTlichogovernmentontheirusesoftraditionalknowledgeinvariousactivitiesattherstTKFestivalandconferenceinYellowknife.