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Our participatory approach emphasizes community capacity building to engage Indigenous communities in researching their own traditions and land use practices. We specialize in traditional ecological knowledge and land use research in relation to environmental impact assessments. We provide innovative services to utilize documentary video, websites, and web-based mapping technologies in our research and publications.

Services

Traditional Use Studies
Traditional Ecological Knowledge documentation and research
Facilitation of linking traditional knowledge and western scientific approaches in land management
Support for community-based monitoring programs
Land-use planning & development of land-management frameworks

Documentary video production
Data and media management protocols and systems
Website development

KnowledgeKeeper is a customized online mapping and data management system used to support consultation, environmental research, traditional land use studies and archiving. Kwusen has developed KnowedgeKeeper as a means to meet common data management and mapping needs of indigenous communities who are faced with complex issues of land and resource management.

Geo Keeper

GeoKeeper supports Indigenous communities conducting environmental monitoring and guardianship programs. With GeoKeeper, users are able to collect data in the field with customizable survey forms while simultaneously recording GPS tracks in real time. With full offline accessibility and an all-in-one recording device, GeoKeeper is the ideal tool for community members conducting research and monitoring programs in remote areas on the land.

Featured Projects

Kwusen worked in collaboration with Mikisew Cree First Nation in the production of the documentary film "The Buffalo Hunters".

Custom Interactive Multi-Media Map Websites:
Nuxalk-Carrier Grease Trail (2014)

Kwusen worked collaboratively with the Upper Nicola Band (UNB) to conduct a Traditional Use Study in relation to the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.

Kwusen worked collaboratively with the Fort McKay First Nation and the Fort McKay Sustainability Department to conduct a Traditional Land Use study in regards to VCI's proposed SAGD development. Completed in 2014.

Clients

Adams Lake Indian Band
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
Chipewyan Prairie First Nation
Fort Chipewyan Métis
Fort McKay First Nation
Fort McMurray #468 First Nation
Fort McMurray Métis
Gitxaała Nation
K'ómoks First Nation
Lake Cowichan First Nation
Lax Kw'alaams Band
Lil'wat Nation
Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band
Mikisew Cree First Nation
Neskonlith Indian Band
Nuxalk-Carrier Grease Trail
P'egp'ig'lha Council
Penelakut Tribe
Shuswap Band
Splatsin Indian Band
Stz'uminus First Nation
The University of Victoria
Tk'emlúps te Secwepemc
Tsay Keh Dene Nation
Upper Nicola Band
Wahpeton Dakota Nation