Inuit camp along the Thelon River.

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.

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Community research reports

Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation

April 2016 research report

Picturing the Thelon River: Restor(y)ing Denesoline relations en route to the headwaters: April 2016 Research Report on Murky Lake Land Camp 

Picturing the Thelon River: Restor(y)ing Denesoline relations en route to the headwaters: April 2016 Research Report on Murky Lake Land Camp (PDF)

November 2015 research report

"This sacred land is our home. Respectful visitors welcome": An Indigenized code of conduct for visitors to the traditional lands of the Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation

"This sacred land is our home. Respectful visitors welcome": An Indigenized code of conduct for visitors to the traditional lands of the Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation (PDF)

Spring 2014 research report

Picturing the Thelon River - Restor(y)ing Denesoline relations en route to the headwaters: Spring 2014 Research Report

Picturing the Thelon River - Restor(y)ing Denesoline relations en route to the headwaters: Spring 2014 Research Report (PDF)

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)

Picturing the Thelon River - Restor(y)ing Denesoline relations en route to the headwaters: Lutsel K'e information letter (Research planning visit, December 4 - 8, 2013)

Picturing the Thelon River - Restor(y)ing Denesoline relations en route to the headwaters: Lutsel K'e information letter (Research planning visit, December 4 - 8, 2013) (PDF)

Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake, Nunavut)

2012 research report and summary

Picturing the Thelon - Natures, Ethics, and Travel within an Arctic Riverscape: Research Summary

Picturing the Thelon - Natures, Ethics, and Travel within an Arctic Riverscape: Research Summary (PDF)

2010 research summary

Picturing Kangirjuaq (The Thelon) - Natures, ethics, and travel within an Arctic Riverscape: 2010 Research Summary for Community Research Participants

Picturing Kangirjuaq (The Thelon) - Natures, ethics, and travel within an Arctic Riverscape: 2010 Research Summary for Community Research Participants (PDF - English and Inuktitut)

May 2010 research report

Picturing the Thelon River — Report for Baker Lake Residents and Representatives

Picturing the Thelon River: Report for Baker Lake Residents and Representatives (PDF - English)

Picturing the Thelon River: Report for Baker Lake Residents and Representatives (PDF - Inuktitut)

2009 research report

Picturing Responsibility Along Kangirjuaq (the Thelon River, Nunavut): Community Visit Report, December 2009

Picturing Responsibility Along Kangirjuaq (the Thelon River, Nunavut): Community Visit Report, December 2009 (PDF - English and Inuktitut)

Project members: 
Principle Investigator
Co-Investigator
Co-Investigator (Baker Lake)
Research Assistant (Lutsel K'e)
Research Assistant (Lutsel K'e)
Research Assistant
Last updated: April 01, 2019

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