Tlicho Aquatic Ecosystem Monitoring Program (TAEMP) - Wekweeti 2016

The TAEMP methodology includes: i) A (re)Introductory Workshop - in August 2016 a workshop was held with community members from Wekweeti to discuss the TAEMP with a focus on having participants from the 2012 TAEMP attend the 2016 camp; ii) Planning Workshop - in early September 2016, a second workshop provided a forum to finalize planning/logistics for the on-the-land camp; iii) "Fish Camp" - in September 2016 at a five-day out-on-the land camp researchers and community members worked collaboratively to collect fish, water and sediment samples. The camp provided youth hands-on learning of science-based sampling methods and data collection, and opportunities to visit culturally important locations (e.g. gravesites) and have elders pass on Tlicho knowledge. Fish tissue samples were collected from the fish species regularly consumed by Wekweeti residents under the guidelines established by Environment Canada for sampling for metals on Great Slave Lake and the Golder Associated Ltd. technical protocol: Fish Health Assessment-Metals. All fish captured were identified to species, measured (fork length to the nearest millimeter), and weighed (grams). Additional data collected included: gender, stage of maturity, gonad weight, and general descriptions of the contents of the stomach and the location of parasites. Fish samples collected included otoliths for aging, and tissue samples for metals analysis (e.g. Mercury concentration). Water quality indicators included standard physical and chemical parameters, such as: temperature, pH, conductivity, clarity, turbidity, Total Suspended Solids (TSS), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), alkalinity, dissolved Oxygen, major nutrients, ions and trace metals. These parameters are comparable to AANDC Water Resources datasets for Frank Channel of Great Slave Lake. Water sampling followed appropriate QA/QC procedures and sediment sampling used methods outlined in the Metal Mining Guidance Document for Aquatic Effects Monitoring and analyzed for standard physical and chemical properties as well as trace metals. Lake sediments were sampled using an Ekman grab sampler; iv) Results workshop - in March 2017 results of the "fish camp" were presented in Wekweeti to interested community members in a open public meeting. A presentation was also given at Alexis Arrowmaker School. Elders who participated at the camp spoke of their experiences, and a slide show focusing on fish ecology was provided by support staff.

Metadata Access
Creator Tracz, Boyan; Vecsei, Paul; Dion, Nicole; Gregory, Ryan; Judas, Roberta; Lea, Ellen; Richardson, Sean
Publisher Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
Contributor Polar Data Catalogue
Publication Year 2017
Rights Research programs, CCIN, or ArcticNet take no liability for the use or transmission of this data
OpenAccess true
Contact btracz(at); pdc(at)
Language English
Format Computer file
Discipline Environmental Research
Spatial Coverage (-114.606W, 64.139S, -113.941E, 64.199N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2016-09-18T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2016-09-23T00:00:00Z