NWT decision-makers have guided NWT CIMP to focus its monitoring and research on three priority valued components: caribou, water, and fish, given their importance to the people of the NWT.
Specific monitoring and research Blueprints have been developed for each of the three themes in partnership with NWT land and water regulators, subject-matter experts, and the NWT CIMP Steering Committee. The Blueprints inform funding applicants of NWT CIMP funding priorities, and guide program work planning.
The use of traditional knowledge (TK) in cumulative impact monitoring is a program priority. The NWT CIMP Steering Committee defines TK as facts, information, skills, values and beliefs which have been acquired through experience, observations or by oral means from the land or from the spiritual teachings handed down through generations. Where possible, knowledge will be referred to using the preferred terminology of the knowledge holder or community. The goal is to apply what we learn from TK to inform northern decision-making. For TK funded projects, communities choose the focus of the projects they propose. See Traditional Knowledge Monitoring Ideas for more information.