Ethnoecology and Cultural Research
Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is indigenous ways of thought and information about the relationships of living things (including humans) with each other and their environments. Accumulated over generations, TEK provides a unique and valuable perspective and can inform and improve resource-management decisions, land-use planning, reclamation, and conservation strategies.
IEG supports documentation of TEK and facilitates the sharing of this information among Aboriginal communities, industry, and government agencies. We specialize in participatory research and community engagement-based cultural research to link TEK with western science understanding. We document and archive traditional knowledge, as well as incorporate TEK to inform land-use and reclamation planning to meet cultural and environmental objectives.