|Area:||Inventory and Planning|
|Sponsor:||Alberta Plywood - a Division of West Fraser Mills Ltd.|
|Region:||Loon River FN|
Object & Deliverables
The principle objective of this project was the mapping of traditional land use and occupancy over the area once utilized by the Loon River First Nation in northwestern Alberta. The initiative was to map and document sites which have cultural, economic, or spiritual significance to the traditional way of life of the Loon River First Nation. The main project activities included interviews with tribal elders, site visits, GPS tracking, and GIS mapping in order to identify sites of traditional use and specific concern to the Loon River First Nation peoples.
The database (of maps and documentation), which is now being used by Loon River’s Consultation Unit, allows the Loon River First Nation the ability to provide direction to industry to ensure that traditional uses are not being infringed upon in forestry operations.
Final project results are contained in two annual reports entitled “Loon River First Nation – Traditional Land Use and Occupancy Study – Project Year End Report 2004-2005” and “Loon River First Nation – Traditional Land Use and Occupancy Study – Project Year End Report 2005-2006.”