Magnetawan First Nation Knowledge Holders work with Shared Value Solutions' Jeremy Shute (left) on a traditional land use and occupancy study
In March, 2015, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency updated its Reference Guide: Considering Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Conducted Under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012). We recently produced five very popular posts on "Traditional Knowledge Matters" on the topic of Aboriginal traditional knowledge in environmental assessments, and we're pleased to see that many of our insights on Aboriginal interests are reflected in the new Reference Guide.
The New Reference Guide says that, generally, Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) is "considered as a body of knowledge built up by a group of people through generations of living in close contact with nature. ATK is cumulative and dynamic. It builds upon the historic experiences of a people and adapts to social, economic, environmental, spiritual and political change... it must be understood to form a part of a larger body of knowledge which encompasses knowledge about cultural, environmental, economic, political and spiritual inter-relationships."
We highlight 9 key guidance points included in the new Reference Guide, that make the Guide essential reading for leaders within First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities, for Environmental Assessment (EA) practitioners and for ATK researchers:
Check out our Traditional Knowledge Matters series of blog posts for further insights:
- Traditional Knowledge Matters - From Knowledge to Blueprint
- Methods of Gathering TraditionalKknowledge for Influence in the Environmental Assessment and Permitting Process
- The Importance of Community Support and Agency in the Environmental Approval Process
- Traditional Knowledge Has Real Influence in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Process
- Understanding What Types of Knowledge Have the Most Influence in an Environmental Approvals Process
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- Strategic Environmental Assessment guidance, coordination and support
- Collaborative land and resource use planning and management- process design and delivery
- Traditional Ecological Knowledge Studies & Traditional Knowledge Studies
- Traditional Land Use Studies (TLUS)/ Traditional Land Use and Occupancy Mapping
- Certified BEAHR Training for Aboriginal Environmental Monitors
- Design and delivery of programs promoting/supporting positive behaviour change- environmental stewardship, community-based social marketing, health/environmental health promotion
- Contributing human environment considerations to technical assessments and management plans in sectors such as water resources, remediation, land use, mining, oil & gas, linear corridor development, forestry, renewable energy, nuclear waste, contaminated sites, brownfield redevelopment, watershed planning, drought planning, water use planning, waste management and waste diversion
- Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships working with First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities
- Value Engineering & Value Analysis: we facilitate project teams to optimize a project by understanding functions, objectives, costs and social, cultural and environmental considerations.