Tlicho Aquatic Ecosystem Monitoring Program (TAEMP) - Behchoko 2011 (also know as Ihdak'eti Aquatic Ecosystem Monitoring Project)

The TAEMP methodology includes: i) Introductory Workshop - in August 2011 a planning workshop was held with elders, community members, and youth from Behchoko to discuss the TAEMP. ii) Youth film training workshops - in August 2011, youth were trained at a series of one-day workshops to learn how to use video to archive traditional and scientific knowledge related to monitoring the aquatic environment. iii) "Fish Camp" - in late August to early September 2011 a four-day out-on-the land camp provided an opportunity for researchers and community members to work collaboratively to combine Tlicho knowledge with scientific fish-monitoring methods. Youth filmed throughout the four-day camp. Fish tissue samples were collected from the fish species regularly consumed by Behchoko residents under the guidelines established by Environment Canada. 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. 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 with an Ekman grab sampler. A one day video workshop was held right after the camp, with a focus on initiating the editing process; unfortunately none of the youth successfully completed a video project. iv) Traditional Indicators workshop - building on the traditional knowledge research done at the camp, a workshop was held with elders in January 2012 in in Behchoko with elders to verify the information collected at the camp especially with respect to indicators of a healthy ecosystem. Traditional knowledge research conducted was used to develop a Tlicho Knowledge Monitoring Protocol and an Aquatic Health Datasheet.

Metadata Access
Creator Karin Clark; Paul Vecsei; Albertine Eyakfwo; Beth Keats; Deanna Leonard; Joline Huskey
Publisher Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
Contributor Polar Data Catalogue
Publication Year 2015
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 (-116.237W, 62.952S, -115.599E, 63.287N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2011-08-29T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2011-09-01T00:00:00Z