Traditional Knowledge

The Traditional Knowledge Program is responsible for gathering and recording Elder’s knowledge of the land. From camps, cabins and trails to graves, sacred sites, place names and archaeological sites this valuable historical and cultural data is being stored in a Geographical Information System. Currently, a backlog of information gathered over the past 40 years is being entered into the system. Data from Traditional Knowledge workshops, gathered during Environmental Assessments, is also being entered into the system.

Knowing how and where our ancestors used the land will help us protect it for future generations.

YKDFN’s Traditional Knowledge Program records, studies and preserves the land-based traditional knowledge of past generations of Yellowknives Dene so that future generations can learn from their ancestors.

The Traditional Knowledge Program:

  • Conducts Traditional Knowledge projects as part of Environmental Assessments.
  • Conducts research relevant to the history of the Yellowknives Dene.
  • Works with consulting companies and government to ensure that Traditional Knowledge forms part of Archaeological Assessments.
  • Develop information storage and dissemination systems to ensure future accessibility to YKDFN Traditional Knowledge.
  • Past knowledge of the land – and the impacts past generations had – is an important part of how future generations use the land and is integral to respecting the land, the water and the air.

Meanwhile, L&E is digitizing this information into our GIS TK database program called “Trailmark” to help ensure its long-term safety and preservation in addition to making YKDFN’s traditional knowledge more accessible to members and YKDFN decision-makers. This information provides invaluable support to the current land-claim negotiations and future land-use planning initiatives.

Some data can be seen within a public portal at the following link: