Archived Projects

Cumulative Impacts Monitoring Program

Both traditional knowledge and scientific investigations suggest that the vegetation in the Mackenzie Delta region is changing. These shifts are likely the result of warming and increased disturbances (e.g. fires, permafrost slumps, roads, and infrastructure). The combined effects of disturbance, both natural and from industry, and climate change on vegetation will have significant consequences for delta wildlife and the environment. Because both warming and altered disturbance regimes are expected to increase in the future, there is a critical need for base-line data and long-term environmental monitoring that can inform decision-making in the region.

HomeGrown Harvest: Food Mapping in Fort Smith

Communities across the North are mobilizing in an effort to build sustainable, local food production capacity and develop much-needed economic opportunities for community members. Food producers are making use of local food sources to feed their communities in ecologically and economically sustainable ways. Producers who want to take advantage of this rising local food trend need key information about local food supply and demand - What is being produced already? Who is buying and how much? What is there demand for? Where are the opportunities for growth? Presently there is very little complete data on this largely informal sector of the economy in the NWT.

NWT CanGrow Greenhouse Feasibility Study

There has been lots of interest throughout the NWT in increasing local food production to bring healthy fresh produce and economic development opportunities to our communities. Fresh produce consumed in the Northwest Territories (NWT) comes from farms as far south as Columbia in the winter months, taking an average of 10 days to make it from the field to Yellowknife, where it is then further distributed around the territory. These distances and travel times increase the cost of fruits and vegetables while decreasing the quality. The NWT CanGrow Greenhouse Feasibility Study explored how commercial greenhouses could be used to improve access to fresh produce in NWT communities. This project was supported by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, the Government of the Northwest Territories and the National Science and Engineering Research Council.

Cassette Islands Climate Change Project

The South Slave Research Centre is working in partnership with Smith’s Landing First Nation (SLFN) to conduct a community-based climate change study at a set of islands on the Slave River in an area known as the Cassette Rapids. The Cassette Islands Climate Change Project will take place throughout the summer of 2015 and will use Dene knowledge to study the impacts that climate change is having on local food security and health. The project will also bring together elders, youth and researchers in the process.

The Legendary Sky Project: South Slave Regional Initiative

The sky is an important part of the northern world, full of wonder, heritage, and wisdom. People have used it as a map to navigate great distances on land and water, and also to trace their histories and teachings since time immemorial. Like many other cultures, northern Indigenous peoples have a long and intimate relationship with the sky, drawing stories, wisdom, philosophy, history, and teachings from the sun, moon, stars and aurora. This project aims to enhance curriculum at the community level by documenting local and regional knowledge of the sky and helping to facilitate intergenerational learning that might otherwise be lost with the passing of older generations.

Illisarvik Bibliography

llisarvik is a small drained tundra lake on Richards Island, 130 km north of Inuvik, NWT, at the Beaufort Sea coast. Illisarvik is northern Canada's longest-running field experiment. It was conceived by Dr. J. Ross Mackay in the 1960s as a research program on the behaviour of aggrading permafrost. Illisarvik is an Inuvialuit word meaning “a place of learning”.

Energy Demonstrations

In an effort to showcase available technologies for the production of renewable energy in northern communities, a demonstration project was installed at the Aurora Research Institute (ARI) in Inuvik. The system was built entirely from components readily available on the market and showed how individuals or communities could set up renewable energy sources and save on their energy costs.

Terrestrial Food Chain

This project aims to look at bio-accumulation of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in a northern food-chain: vegetation – caribou- wolves. These compounds are emerging contaminants of concern in the Arctic, and they have been found in relatively high concentrations in caribou from the Canadian north.

Healthy Foods

Healthy Foods North (HFN) is a community-based, multi-institutional, nutritional and lifestyle intervention program that began in the Beaufort Delta region of the NWT and in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut in 2006.

The International Polar Year

The International Polar Year (IPY) is an international scientific program focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009. The Canadian north, including the Northwest Territories, is a key region for IPY researchers from Canada and internationally.

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