Picturing the Thelon River is an extended case study that engages different knowledges of the Thelon River watershed in Arctic Canada to cultivate enhanced understanding of, and responsible relationships to, a significant place within the context of social-ecological change. It is a community-based and participatory research project emphasizing collaborative relationships between northern Aboriginal communities, river tourists, and university researchers.
The initial phase of study (2008-2011) involved working with canoeists and Inuit residents of Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake, Nunavut) to document knowledge about the Thelon, and to share this knowledge within and between groups.
The second phase (2012) prioritized outreach by sharing outcomes of the initial study with representatives of the Lutsel K’eDene First Nation in the Northwest Territories.
The ongoing third phase involves working with the community of Lutsel K’e to reveal and restore Denesoline relationships with the Thelon.
This research was supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant, 2013-2016.
Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation
April 2016 research report
November 2015 research report
Spring 2014 research report
December 2013 reports on research planning visit and workshop
Picturing the Thelon River - Restor(y)ing Denesoline relations en route to the headwaters: Results from Research Planning Workshop in Lutsel K'e, NT (Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation Council Chambers, December 5-6, 2013)
Picturing the Thelon River - Restor(y)ing Denesoline relations en route to the headwaters: Results from Research Planning Workshop in Lustel K'e, NT (Lustel K'e Dene First Nation Council Chambers, December 5-6, 2013) (PDF)