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When the Caribou Do Not Come

Indigenous Knowledge and Adaptive Management in the Western Arctic

In the 1990s, headlines about declining caribou populations grabbed international attention. Were caribou the canary in the coal mine for climate change, or did declining numbers reflect overharvesting or failed attempts at scientific wildlife management? Grounded in community-based research in northern Canada, a region in the forefront of co-management efforts, these collected stories and essays bring to the fore the insights of the Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, and Sahtú, people for whom caribou stewardship has been a way of life for centuries. Ultimately, this powerful book drives home the important role that Indigenous knowledge must play in understanding, and coping with, our changing Arctic ecosystems.

280 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword / Fikret Berkes

Introduction / Brenda Parlee and Ken Caine

Part 1: Counting Caribou

1 From Tuktoyaktuk – Place of Caribou / Frank Pokiak

2 The Past Facing Forward: History and Caribou Management in Northern Canada / John Sandlos

3 Recounting Caribou / Brenda Parlee

4 Beyond the Harvest Study / Brenda Parlee, Natalie Zimmer, and Peter Boxall

Part 2: Understanding Caribou

5 We Are the People of the Caribou / Morris Neyelle

6 Harvesting in Dene Territory: The Connection of ?epe?´ (Caribou) to the Culture and Identity of the Shúhtagot’i?ne / Leon Andrew

7 Dene Youth Perspectives: Learning Skills on the Land / Roger McMillan

Part 3: Food Security

8 Time, Effort, Practice, and Patience / Anne Marie Jackson

9 The Wage Economy and Caribou Harvesting / Zoe Todd and Brenda Parlee

10 Caribou and the Politics of Sharing / Tobi Jeans Maracle, Glenna Tetlichi, Norma Kassi, and David Natcher

Part 4: Governance and Management

11 Recollections of Caribou Use and Management / Robert Charlie

12 Ways We Respect Caribou: A Comparison of Rules and Rules-in-Use in the Management of the Porcupine Caribou / Kristine Wray

13 Letting the Leaders Pass: Barriers to Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Co-management as the Basis of Formal Hunting Regulations / Elisabeth Padilla and Gary P. Kofinas

14 Linking the Kitchen Table and Boardroom Table: Women in Caribou Management / Brenda Parlee, Kristine Wray, and Zoe Todd


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