Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı
Sahtú Renewable Resources Board

Education and Training

  • 2011-2016 Délı̨nę Language, Music and Place

    Language, Music and Place in Délįnę, Northwest Territories, Canada develops an interdisciplinary approach to language documentation. As the community of Delįnę makes a transition to self-government, there has been increased interest in stories, song, and concepts of place in order to better understand what these reveal about self-government, or, more particularly, what is at the core of being a Dene (person). Governance thus is one focal point of this research. Complementing this, the project involves the development of an indigenous research methodology with respect to language research. More particularly, the research explores variation, change and continuity in language, stories, song, and concepts of place as they relate to governance and land stewardship. The approach involves documentation with three groups of families from distinct traditional land use areas across generations, including archival and new materials, as well as dialogue with relatives from neighbouring communities with distinct dialects in order to understand the role of place of origin in variability.

    Nicole Beaudry is leading development of a book based on her research on Dene songs. Jane Modeste is prioritizing production of books based on transcribed oral texts.

    Team Members


    University of Cologne

    Total Budget

    $7, 409

    Research Summary

    pdf Learning about Glottal in Délı̨nę got’ı̨nę Kedǝ and Oromo Language (869 KB) s

  • 2014-ongoing Cross-Cultural Research Camp

    This project is part of the Wildlife, Habitat and Harvesting program funded by the Environmental Studies Research Fund. The Camp was held on July 12-19, 2014 at Stewart Lake in the Tulı́t'a District, and provided an exciting and rare opportunity for a facilitated on-the-land exchange between Dene/Métis knowledge holders and scientists.

    The Camp provided a forum for participants to learn about each other’s research questions and ways of learning about and monitoring wildlife, habitat, harvesting and water. The focal points of activities at the camp will be the two Environmental Studies Research Fund (ESRF) programs this year – Wildlife, Habitat and Harvesting, and Surface Water and Groundwater research. The emphasis will be on cross-cultural learning and relationship building, as well as collection of data in an area near the shale oil play.

    Stewart Lake is where some Shúhtagot’ı̨nę people of Tulít’a have a camp. It has also been the site of a forestry camp in the past. It has an airstrip, good solid ground and cleared areas for camping. There is good fishing in the lake (particularly trout and whitefish) as well as outflow and inflow streams that could be used for CABIN water monitoring. Tǫdzı (boreal woodland caribou) are known to be present in the area. Over the past several decades there has been oil and gas exploration in the vicinity of Stewart Lake; there are three Significant Discovery licenses nearby; and over the past few years new leases have been awarded in the area for shale oil exploration. Thus, it is an important area for gathering baseline information. Stewart Lake itself is a Conservation Zone under the 2013 Sahtu Land Use Plan, but there is only a 1 km buffer around the lake.

    The three key objectives of the Camp were: 1. Provide an opportunity for learning about traditional knowledge and scientific ways of knowing related to environmental research and monitoring in the shale oil play. 2. Contribute to data collection in an area of the Central Mackenzie Valley near potential hydrocarbon exploration and development. 3. Further understanding of research and monitoring needs in the region.

    Watch the photo-voice video!

    Featuring photos and voices of Sahtú Dene and Métis and scientists who lived, worked, learned and played together for a week in July, this video highlights the great things that are possible when people share knowledge and skills across cultures.

    Workshop Participants

    Environmental monitors-in-training

    • John Tobac – Fort Good Hope
    • Louise Yukon – Norman Wells
    • Charles Oudzi – Colville Lake
    • Joanne Krutko – Tulít’a
    • Peter Silastiak, Jr. – Tulít’a
    • Kristen Yakelaya – Tulít’a

    Elders, harvesters and community members

    • Theresa Etchinelle – Tulít’a
    • David Etchinelle – Tulít’a
    • Michael Etchinelle – Tulít’a
    • Gilbert Turo – Youth, Fort Good Hope
    • Archie Erigaktuk – Youth, Tulít’a

    Sahtú Environmental Research and Monitoring Forum members

    • Michael Neyelle – Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı
    • Jimmy Dillon – Délı̨nę

    Scientists / researchers

    • Krista Chin – Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program (GNWT)
    • Morag McPherson – Fisheries and Oceans
    • Robin Bourke – Golder & Associates
    • Stephanie Behrens – GNWT-ENR Sahtú Region
    • Ken Caine – University of Alberta
    • James Hodson – GNWT-ENR Wildlife
    • Heather Sayine-Crawford – GNWT-ENR Sahtú Region
    • Lisa Smith – GNWT-ENR Forestry
    • Dave Polster – contractor for GNWT-ENR Forestry
    • Samuel Haché – Canadian Wildlife Service (Environment Canada)

    Camp staff

    • Leon Andrew – Dene language specialist, interpreter, co-facilitator
    • Deborah Simmons – co-facilitator
    • Shauna Morgan – co-facilitator
    • William Horassi – camp attendant
    • Valerie Desjarlais – cook
    • Jeanie Bavard – cook


    Environmental Studies Research Fund



    Research Summary

    pdf At Home on the Land (343 KB)

  • Bat Monitoring and Education

    This project involves confirming observations of bats in the area of Norman Wells by using a bat sensor, and educational activities to enhance awareness of bats as a species scheduled for forthcoming assessment under the Species At Risk Act.  A bat booklet and final report will be produced.  The final report and data will be made available for the forthcoming bat assessments to be completed in 2016.  Bats were recently found in this area, previously unknown to scientists as bat habitat.

    Team Members


    Government of the Northwest Territories - Species At Risk

    Total Budget