Tuktoyaktuk Highway Monitor Knowledge Exchange Program – Inuvik,

Date : August 09 to 14, 2021 

The Department of Culture and Lands Protection (DCLP) has been developing a monitoring program for the Tłı̨chǫ Highway which involves hiring of local Tłı̨chǫ monitors to implement the program.

Considering that the Tuktoyaktuk (Tuk) Highway and Husky Lakes area has a monitoring program implemented by the Imaryuk and Munaqaiyit monitors, a collaboration deemed to be beneficial for the Tłı̨chǫ Highway Monitoring program. By collaborating with the Imaryuk and Munaqaiyit monitors, this provided a great opportunity to exchange knowledge on monitoring programs and to build relationships with other indigenous groups.

Stephanie Behrens, Wildlife Biologist with DCLP, accompanied four Tłı̨chǫ monitors to Inuvik to help facilitate the knowledge exchange.

The Imaryuk and Munaqaiyit monitors and Joint Secretariat staff graciously welcomed Stephanie and the Tłı̨chǫ monitors during the week of August 9 to 14, 2021 in Inuvik, NT. The week was filled with site inspections along the Tuk Highway and at Husky Lakes and to top it all off, Oceans North had presented Stephanie and the Tłı̨chǫ monitors with personalized and beautifully made Attiqluqs.This great opportunity is considered to be just a portion of the training that will be provided for the Tłı̨chǫ Highway monitors.

12 applications were received, 4 individuals were selected to participate in this knowledge exchange.

The Tłı̨chǫ Highway monitoring program has been designed and tailored to meet the Tłı̨chǫ citizen needs. Other than the Tuktoyaktuk Highway Monitor Knowledge Exchange, there will be additional training provided for the monitors. 

Success Stories/ Lesson Learned: 

The Imaryuk and Munaqaiyit monitors had a lot of knowledge to share and gave quite a bit of advice in what to look for while patrolling the highway and in how to run the Tłı̨chǫ Highway monitoring program. The collaboration with the Imaryuk and Munaqaiyit monitors helped identify many similarities amongst the two indigenous groups and the many differences.

The overarching goal that the two monitoring programs shared is to ensure that the public are using the highway safely and responsibly especially when it comes to harvesting along the highway.

For more information contact:
Tyanna Steinwand,
Manager of Research Operations,
Department of Culture and Lands Protection
PH:  867-392-6381 Ext 1357

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