Towagh Behr, M.A.
Towagh has conducted Traditional Knowledge (TK), TLUS, and cultural documentation projects with over thirty indigenous communities in western and northern Canada in the past fourteen years. His expertise is in working with communities to document Aboriginal and Treaty rights and to then understand and communicate likely effects of industrial development and change upon these rights. In addition to conducting social sciences and archival research projects with communities, he has a technical background as a documentary filmmaker and website developer.
Towagh has a BA (joint honours anthropology & sociology) from McGill University and an MA in cultural anthropology and environmental studies from the University of Victoria where his research focused on the use of digital media to work with First Nations in creating their own multimedia representations of their cultures, languages, and traditional knowledge. As an applied anthropologist, Towagh has worked with communities to integrate their TEK into environmental assessment processes for the oil and gas, mining, and energy sectors. He has also provided training and capacity building programs for First Nation communities that have included TLU research methods, interview methods, website development, and video production.
In response to challenges First Nations communities were having managing diverse recordings (maps, audio, video, notes, etc.) made as a part of TLUS, Towagh designed a secure web-based data management system. This web-based mapping and data management system grew into the Community KnowledgeKeeper, which is now used by twenty Indigenous communities to manage research data and consultation with government and industry.