Kwusen is a specialist consulting company who works with Indigenous communities to conduct community-based research on Indigenous Knowledge, cultural heritage, and traditional land use. Our participatory approach emphasises community capacity building to engage community members in researching their own cultural heritage, Indigenous Knowledge, and land use practices. We specialize in traditional ecological knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge, and Traditional Land Use and Occupancy research in relation to land claims and environmental impact assessments. We also provide innovative services to utilize documentary video, websites, apps and web-based mapping technologies in our research and reporting.
Kwusen’s research team is based Victoria, BC and currently provides traditional use and occupancy studies (TUOS) research, media production, training, and consultation support services to Indigenous communities throughout British Columbia and Alberta. With a TUOS research team of seven staff plus associates, we have extensive experience and the capacity to provide high quality and consistent support in your ongoing TUOS research.
In addition to TUOS, we specialize in documentary video production and the production of web-based software applications. Over the past six years Kwusen has been working with our First Nations partners to address the challenges they were having managing diverse recordings (maps, audio, video, notes, etc.) made as a part of TUOS/TK studies and consultation. Kwusen worked with our partners to develop a secure web-based data management and mapping system that can manage all of these diverse records. This web-based mapping and data management system has grown into Community KnowledgeKeeper (CKK), which is now used to manage research and consultation related data for twenty-eight communities.