COSEWIC Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Subcommittee

Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK):

  • Includes, but is not limited to, the knowledge Aboriginal Peoples have accumulated about wildlife species and their environment.
  • Other words commonly used to describe this knowledge include: Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ), Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and Naturalized Knowledge Systems.
  • Is a complex process incorporating aspects of culture, spirituality and history. Therefore, peoples with different backgrounds (Indian, Inuit and Métis) may define ATK in different ways.

Incorporating Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge into COSEWIC's assessment of species at risk improves the process, and therefore the quality of designations made by COSEWIC, by bringing information and perspectives on wildlife species that are not available in published scientific literature.

COSEWIC will work closely with Aboriginal Peoples to decide how ATK will be incorporated into the process of assessing species at risk through the Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Subcommittee (ATK SC).

COSEWIC Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) process and protocols guidelines

Answers to some frequently asked questions about the COSEWIC Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Subcommittee, its role in the assessment process, and ATK itself.

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