Regulatory and Policy Updates

Tłı̨chǫ Government's Traditional Knowledge Guide

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 11:40am to 12:00pm Theatre Three


G. Chocolate (Presenting)
Department of Culture and Lands Protection, Tłı̨cho Government

The Tłı̨chǫ Government’s Department of Culture and Lands Protection is preparing a traditional knowledge policy to implement guidelines for those who wish to work with Tłı̨chǫ traditional knowledge. The traditional knowledge research team will be introducing the draft policy at the Geoscience Forum to spread public awareness of its interpretation and application. The traditional knowledge policy provides clear guidance for key individuals and groups who wish to work within Tłı̨chǫ lands. As outlined in the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement, Tłı̨chǫ people have the right for their voice and traditional knowledge to be included in any matters that pertain to them. This policy is to be implemented in all matters involving Tłı̨chǫ elders and knowledge holders and applies to government bodies, organizations, businesses, researchers and industry. 

This policy is being put in place to ensure that Tłı̨chǫ traditional knowledge is consistently used in an appropriate manner that respectfully and accurately reflects Tłı̨chǫ elders and ancestors. The Tłı̨chǫ nation owns all their traditional knowledge, the usage of which is to be directed by the Tłı̨chǫ Government.