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Indicators will be updated on the website annually or when new information becomes available.  More indicators are being developed.  Many of the indicators are based solely on scientific information.  Next steps include updating and expanding this information, including information based on traditional knowledge.

The first report resulted in a series of suggested topics for future studies and analyses.  Future reports will provide the results of these studies.

The Role of Traditional Knowledge in Monitoring the Environment

The GNWT recognizes that Aboriginal traditional knowledge (TK) is a valid and essential source of information about the natural environment and its resources, the use of natural resources, and the relationship of people to the land and to each other, and will incorporate traditional knowledge into decisions and actions where appropriate.  The Department of Environment and Natural resources (ENR) has created a Traditional Knowledge Implementation Plan that will help the department expand and strengthen the application of TK within the Department and guide traditional knowledge initiatives.

As an essential component of Traditional Knowledge Policy implementation, ENR will ensure that strong working relationships are established and maintained with Aboriginal governments, cultural agencies and resource management agencies that represent the holders of traditional knowledge.  Out of this relationship building may flow more opportunities to establish collaborative research and planning initiatives that address resource management issues affecting all northerners.  Additional TK indicators will be developed for future NWT State of the Environment reports.

Please contact us for more information on the NWT State of the Environment Report.  Your input is important.  Your suggestions on additional indicators and your insights on how the NWT's environment is changing are appreciated.

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