Traditional Use Studies

As a part of Indigenous planning services, we also provide technical support for traditional use studies, and work in partnership with communities 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


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