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Traditional Knowledge

The use of Traditional Knowledge (TK) is an essential part of the Fish Habitat Management System.

The term Traditional Knowledge refers to unique knowledge held by First Nations and First Nation members because of their traditional use of and familiarity with the land, water, wildlife and environment.

In the System, First Nations were invited to contribute Traditional Knowledge.  It was used together with scientific and local information when the watershed authorizations were developed.  TK was especially useful when classifications were being done of watershed sensitivity.

The Secretariat gathered TK with assistance and direction from each First Nation.  The approach for each First Nation was be adapted to suit their needs and requirements.

The Secretariat proposed that:

  • Each First Nation would identify their TK-holders.
  • The Secretariat would schedule meetings on Traditional Knowledge in each community under the guidance of the First Nation.
  • At the Traditional Knowledge meetings, the Secretariat would:
        • Provide a briefing on the Fish Habitat Management System and draft watershed authorization(s) that affect that First Nation's traditional territory.
        • Request Traditional Knowledge for use in the development of the watershed authorization(s) that affect that First Nation's traditional territory.

    Destruction Bay Consultation Meeting May 2006
    The Secretariat's First Nation & Community Liaison Carl Sidney
     speaks with Secretariat Executive Director Robert Thomson
    at Destruction Bay Phase 1 Consultation meeting, May 30, 2006

    This System was discussed with all First Nations during the Secretariat's introductory meetings held from February to April 2006.  All First Nations were offered the opportunity to provide input and guidance as the Secretariat begins to gather TK.

    Further discussions had taken place with First Nations who had begun Phase 1 of the Secretariat's consultation process.

    Local knowledge and experience was gathered during our consultation process and utilized in the development of the watershed authorizations.