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The Traditional Knowledge Workshop
April 2-3, Oujé-Bougoumou, Eeyou Istchee

Respectful knowledge sharing between researchers and indigenous peoples

The First Peoples of Northern Quebec have a distinct, rich and time-honoured expertise of the lands, wildlife, and weather that surround them. This knowledge and skill-set must be respected, but also seriously accounted and considered, as much as Western knowledge, in northern research work.

Although some advancement has been made, Indigenous communities still have plenty to offer in order to fully integrate indigenous knowledge in research with respect to local customs and interests. Researchers wishing to integrate Indigenous knowledge into their research may not always know how to or where to access this very unique information.

In addition to a richer research content inclusive of Indigenous knowledge, it is also important to understand the positive impacts that may be brought to a community when hiring local members to conduct field work or interviews. The contribution and collaboration of these efforts tend to benefit all.

This workshop, organized by the INQ’s First Peoples Working Group, with funding from the Société du Plan Nord, and the Cree Nation Government, aims to exchange on the best practices of respectfully sharing this unique wealth of knowledge between researchers and Indigenous people. Through various presentations by researchers, Indigenous representatives and knowledge holders, the workshop will also allow participants to discuss ways to increase the participation and inclusion of Indigenous communities in research. The workshop will be held over two days and will gather approximately thirty participants, researchers from different fields, and members of the Indigenous communities of Northern Quebec.

Following the event, a report containing the results of these discussions will be published. This report will also contain recommendations on the tools to be put in place to enable greater community participation in research.

Traditional Knowledge Workshop

Two important days that will allow the four Indigenous nations of northern Quebec to come together to discuss Indigenous knowledge, its use and sharing.

Date : April 2-3, 2019
Venue : Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Center

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Day 1 - Tuesday April 2nd

Welcoming at Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Center
Presentation of the INQ and the First Peoples Working Group
Mélissa Saganash, Director of Cree-Quebec Relations, Cree Nation Government and Member of the First Peoples Working Group

Discussion 1- Indigenous and Western Scientific Knowledge
Inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge in Northern Quebec
Session chaired by Serge Ashini Goupil

  1. Research Ethics in Indigenous Context
    Hélène Boivin, Mashteuiatsh
  2. The Tallymen of the Rupert River
    Paul John Murdoch, Negotiator, Cree Nation Government
  3. Survey of the George River Migratory Caribou Herd: Sharing knowledge through practical collaboration
    Vincent Brodeur, Biologist, Ministères des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs and Jean-Philippe Hervieux
The Nunavik Research Centre: 40 Years of Inuit-Led Research
Ellen Avard, Director & Claude Makiuk, Wildlife Technician – Nunavik Research Centre
Discussion 1- Indigenous and Western Scientific Knowledge (continued)
Session chaired by Ellen Avard
  1. Naskapi Teachers : beliefs and practices
    Loretta Robinson, Naskapi nation of Kawawachikamach
  2. Inuit knowledge in Nunavik
    Tommy Pallisser, Director of the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board
  3. Application and integration of Indigenous knowledge in the mining industry
    Youcef Larbi, Chief Geologist and Director General, Cree Mineral Exploration Board
Coffee Break
Discussion 2 - Strengthening the Role of Communities in Research
Collaborative research throughout different nations of Northern Quebec

Session chaired by Melissa Saganash
  1. Naskapi Miyupimaatisiiun
    Glenda Sandy, Indigenous nurse in Kawawachikamach
  2. Cree-Innu Co-management agreement with Mashteuiatsh
    Paul John Murdoch, Negotiator, Cree Nation Government and Carl Cleary, Government Relations Secretary, Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan
  3. Research in the Nitassinan
    Anne-Marie Andrée, gardienne des sites sacrés
  1. Mapping groundwater in Eastmain
    Dylan Mayappo, Project manager and operations manager for the Ground Water Project of the Cree Nation of Eastmain and Eric Rosa, Professor, Groundwater Research Group, UQAT
  2. Nunavik Nutrition Health Committee
End of the first day

Day 2 - Wednesday April 3rd


Welcoming at Nuuhchimi Wiinuu

Roundtable Discussion and Summary of the Day
Participants are invited to share what they learned during this meeting, ideas and actions that should be explored further and opportunities for INQ.
Lunch and closing remarks
End of the day and departure for the airport

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