Collaboration captures research award in pursuit of traditional knowledge

Tapping into the expertise of some of our Indigenous stakeholders ultimately led to Encana sharing in a Collaborative Research Award presented January 11, 2012 at the Business Technology Awards in Prince George, British Columbia.

The award, handed out in conjunction with the Natural Resource Forum, resulted from our support of a research project undertaken by the University of Northern British Columbia, Environmental Dynamics Inc., and Prophet River First Nation, to study and record information on traditional plants from the Prophet River First Nation elders and knowledge holders.

Started in 2007, the project culminated in a report, Communicating Traditional Knowledge: Prophet River First Nation. The initiative required months of preliminary research work, followed by two seasons of fieldwork.

The knowledge produced from this research will help provide a framework allowing Prophet River First Nation to independently and effectively work with industry to mitigate impacts on traditional plants and plant gathering locations.

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