Overeem, Tait

Project title: Changing Hydrological Dynamics in the Mackenzie Delta : A Gwich’in and Inuvialuit Perspective

Department: Environmental Studies

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Trevor Lantz

"Gwich’in and Inuvialuit communities depend largely on the land and waterways of the Mackenzie Delta for subsistence and for the continuation of important cultural practices. This project will involve analyzing and synthesizing data collected from interviews conducted with Gwich’in and Inuvialuit peoples as part of the Tracking Change project in the Mackenzie-Beaufort region. The interviews to be analyzed were designed to gain insight into observed changes in the hydrological dynamics in the delta, particularly those affecting fishing and navigation such as changing water levels, water flow, and accessibility to traditional fishing areas. This project will aim to create a greater understanding of how ecological changes are impacting the waterways of the Mackenzie Delta and what that means for the communities that depend on them."