Cultural Studies and Research
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 work foregrounds the expertise of Elders and knowledge keepers, integrating Indigenous Knowledge and traditional systems of land and resource management to inform environmental assessments and land use planning processes. Our methods are customized to meet each community’s needs and objectives. Kwusen’s capacity building and community-led research empowers communities to understand and communicate likely effects of industrial developments upon their rights, traditional practices, cultures, languages, and communities.
Community KnowledgeKeeper (CKK)
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.
Consultation with government and industry can be simplified by having proponents submit project information directly through an online portal in the CKK. With the online submission of project information and location data, communities can instantly view planned development in relation to records of community land use activities, community selected protected areas, endangered species habitat, and other environmental data. The CKK provides a snap-shot assessment for staff to identify a community’s potential concerns and conflicts.
By providing a community with a single window to view the interactions between industrial development and mapped Indigenous and scientific knowledge, the CKK facilitates informed community-based decision making and allows for the assessment of all industrial development in their territory.
For more information, visit the Community KnowledgeKeeper site.
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.
When working offline, users can take photos, GPS points, tracks, and survey data. All of the recorded data and records can be pushed from the GeoKeeper app to the central server, where it can be reviewed, edited, and exported by program administrators.
The GeoKeeper app can support many different types of community based monitoring and field research programs. Some of our customizable forms include Traditional Use Study, Wildlife sightings, Water Quality, Water Quantity, Archaeology – Preliminary Field Reconnaissance, Soil Sampling, Navigational Hazards, and more!
Download the GeoKeeper App from the Google Play store or contact us today to learn more about developing your own customized Community Based Monitoring Program for GeoKeeper firstname.lastname@example.org!
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.