Firelight has produced a range of publications that are free to download.

As Long as the Rivers Flow: Athabasca River Knowledge, Use and Change (2010)

The Firelight Group worked with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and Mikisew Cree First Nation to understand how Athabasca River levels and water quality change are affecting the practice of Treaty rights downstream from large oil sands facilities. Based on detailed mapping of river knowledge, use, and existing impacts, the study documents and maps a clear relationship between water quality, water levels, and the ability of First Nations to practice Treaty rights on the lower Athabasca River, in the delta, and on adjacent rivers and streams.

Contact: Craig Candler

Asi Edee T’seda Dile: Tłı̨chǫ Nation Traditional Knowledge and Use Study for the Proposed NICO Mine Project (2012)

The Firelight Group worked with the Tłı̨chǫ to conduct a knowledge and use study in relation to Fortune Minerals Ltd. proposed NICO Mine project. The primary goal of this study was to articulate Tłįchǫ knowledge and use values related to the proposed project area, including: use by and importance of the area to Tłįchǫ citizens (historical, current, and future); existing areas of lost use resulting from impacts by past developments in the area; and how the project is likely to influence Tłįchǫ knowledge and use, including the practice of aboriginal and Treaty rights, within and adjacent to the proposed project footprint.

Contact: Rachel Olson

Direct to Digital Mapping Guide (2016)

Firelight’s Direct to Digital Mapping Guide is designed to assist community members in mapping points, lines and areas using Google Earth software, and gives step-by-step guidance on how to manage and store the data. The guide is best used alongside an interview guide for focused data collection specific to a community’s goals and needs. The guide is a tool used in Firelight capacity building training and workshops.

Contact: Steven DeRoy

IBA Community Toolkit (2015)

The IBA Community Toolkit is a free resource for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities in Canada considering impact and benefit agreements (IBAs), specifically those with mining companies. While the Toolkit focuses primarily on the mining industry, many of the issues and processes addressed in the Toolkit are relevant to the making of agreements in other industry sectors and contexts, including protected areas, oil and gas, hydro and forestry.

The goal of the Toolkit is to help communities, negotiators and consultants achieve positive agreements for Aboriginal communities.

Contact: Ginger Gibson

Níh boghodi: We are the Stewards of our Land (2012)

An Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) stewardship strategy for thunzea, et’thén and dechen yághe jere (woodland caribou, barren-ground caribou, and wood bison)

This project involved drafting a caribou and bison protection plan to address the restoration of barren-ground caribou habitat, dwindling woodland caribou herds in the vicinity of industrial activities near the oil sands, and the pressures on a small but culturally important bison herd near Poplar Point in Alberta. The strategy was based on interviews with community members completed as part of a traditional knowledge study in 2010 and was endorsed in meetings with Elders and with Chief and Council in 2012. The strategy identifies an area for caribou and bison protection from the Firebag River north to the provincial border, including the Birch Mountains. The plan also recommends a stewardship zone in the rest of the ACFN territory in Alberta with guidelines to reduce impacts on caribou habitat.

The project was funded by the Environment Canada Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk.

Contact: Carolyn Whittaker

Sakâw Mostos: Mikisew Cree First Nation Indigenous Knowledge Study (2015)

A Mikisew Cree First Nation study to document Indigenous Knowledge of Sakâw Mostos (wood bison)

The relationship between the Mikisew Cree First Nation (MCFN) and sakâw mostos (wood bison, wood buffalo, or Bison bison athabascae) has existed since time immemorial. While wood bison are now rare and hard to find within MCFN lands, MCFN members maintain a rich set of social, cultural, and knowledge-based practices that rely largely on the presence of a single remaining wood bison herd within preferred and historically known hunting areas.

This report is the result of work conducted by MCFN with support from the Firelight Group, to document MCFN indigenous knowledge of bison, especially in the area of Ronald Lake, south of Lake Claire and in Wood Buffalo National Park.

The report includes information on the distribution of bison and Mikisew bison hunting within MCFN lands, the unique importance of bison to Mikisew members, seasonal habitat and preferred hunting areas, and conditions or requirements for the Mikisew bison hunt. The report also describes a set of positive and negative Mikisew parameters that may be useful in developing models for seasonal bison habitat.

Contact: Craig Candler

Wood Bison Report

For the report, contact MCFN or The Firelight Group

Madziih (caribou) Tsáá? ché ne dane Traditional Knowledge and Restoration Study (2016)

Doig River First Nation worked with the Firelight Group to develop a madziih restoration plan for boreal caribou in the northeast BC portion of the Chinchaga Range. Boreal caribou populations are in steep decline across Canada as a result of cumulative effects in boreal forests. This study uses DRFN knowledge in combination with available mapped ecological data to identify and describe important madzih habitat areas, including movement corridors, calving grounds, rutting areas, over-wintering areas, and observed impacts in these areas. Based on this traditional knowledge, fourteen area-specific management recommendations are put forward in the report. This study outlines DRFN’s role in working with other governments to take steps to restore madziih habitat and to protect treaty rights for future generations.

Contact: Susan Leech

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