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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

Kwusen researchers have extensive experience working in collaboration with Indigenous communities to conduct cultural research, including Traditional Land Use (TLU), Traditional Use Studies (TUS), Cultural Heritage Assessments (CHA), and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) studies. Our participatory approach provides the training and tools for community researchers to conduct oral history and land use mapping interviews using the best technology and legally defensible methods of documentation. Our research provides Indigenous governments with a strong foundation to assert their rights and interests in engagements with industry proponents and Crown agencies, shaping project planning, influencing regulatory decisions and the outcome of negotiations.

Kwusen’s collaborative media productions communicate the perspectives, values, and priorities of the communities we work with. Through multimedia storytelling, we engage experts to tell their stories in an effective and accessible way. Our team has completed documentary video productions for communities as a part of their engagement with environmental assessment and land use planning processes. In partnership with trusted web developers, we have created websites that further educational initiatives and revitalize critical cultural knowledge, including Indigenous placenames maps and language learning.

CKK is a customized online mapping and data management system used to support consultation, environmental research, traditional land use studies and archiving. Kwusen has developed the CKK 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

The GeoKeeper app supports Indigenous communities conducting environmental monitoring and guardianship programs. With the GeoKeeper app, 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, the GeoKeeper app 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".

Kwusen worked with the Carrier Chilcotin Tribal Council, and six First Nations in BC on a project to document and communicate knowledge and stories about the Nuxalk-Carrier Grease Trail.

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
Okanagan Indian Band
Okanagan Nation Alliance
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
Westbank First Nation