Traditional Use Studies (TUS)

We provide technical support in partnership with Indigenous groups to record traditional use, knowledge and oral histories through maps and atlas, geodatabases, archival studies, documents, videos and other documentation. This knowledge reflects both individual and collective relationships to the land and its resources, including an individual or group’s social, spiritual, cultural, economic and/or ecological knowledge and history. It is the story of life on the land that communicates the historic or current use and occupancy of a territory and the resources drawn from that territory. We have worked with communities to use this information in many ways, including:

• Developing consultation agreements
• Asserting title and rights
• Preserving knowledge
• Assisting with land use and resource management
• Informing claims and settlements
• Developing traditional knowledge curriculum for k-12

 Interested in training or capacity building? Contact us.

Guidebooks, Toolkits and Publications

Traditional Land Use Training Guide 

The Métis Settlements of Alberta


Land Use Mapping and Interview Guide

Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation
2007 Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence in Economic Development