Traditional Land Use Assessment

The HEG has extensive experience managing traditional and cultural land use studies and Traditional Knowledge (TK) projects with Aboriginal groups in Alberta and B.C.

Our specialists work with communities to document historical and current relationships to lands and natural resources and the connections between traditional use of resources, culture and community health. We use participatory research methodologies to both scope and carry out projects, and to make management recommendations.

Our work with communities allows us to successfully design and implement traditional land use studies, follow-up environmental and social monitoring programs, and to integrate TK into environmental and social impact assessments

Project examples

  • Traditional Land and Resource Use Assessments for Indigenous Communities on:
  • • Suncor Base Mine Expansion Oil Sands Mine
  • • Syncrude Mildred Lake Extension Oil Sands Mine
  • • Suncor TrueNorth Energy – Fort Hills Oil Sands Mine
  • • MEG Energy, May River Oil Sands Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage Project
  • • Suncor McClelland Lake Study
  • • CNRL Horizon North Pit Extension Oil Sands Mine
  • • Imperial Oil Aspen Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage Project
  • Aboriginal consultation programs for the development of High Voltage Transmission Line projects in Alberta
  • Overall project management of the Follow-up Environmental Impact Assessment (FEIA) of the Oldman River Dam with the Piikani First Nation