Year of the Grouse: Aboriginal Grouse Knowledge and Classification

Posted 21-01-2019
Category Local from Home
Interns Needed 1
Anticipated Timeline February 1 - July 31, 2019
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2019 has been identified by cooperating groups across Battle River Region as the Year of the Grouse, the grouse having been identified as in decline and threatened within and to various levels across the region. Because it has been learned that regional Cree people have a language system identifying the grouse. its habitats (e.g., the Cree word for Pigeon Lake is Mameo) and its habits, including the rendering of grouse in artistic representations, the intern will delve as deeply into traditional  knowledge as possible within  the accepted cultural parameters for information and knowledge sharing. 

Ideal for someone with course work in:

  • Community Linguist
  • Arts and Science
  • Arts and Cultural Management
  • Applied Land Use Planning
  • Aboriginal Leadership and Management
  • Aboriginal Art

Some specialized skills required:

  • Is keen to demonstrate the project values of "Wahkohtowin" (working together in the spirit of neighborliness).
  • Will work well with other Grouse Team members, including other project interns.
  • Is able to work well in a culturally informed and diverse team of people.
  • Will be a self-directed learner who is capable of accurate recording (oral, written and digital).
  • The intern will have respect for aboriginal knowledge keepers and systems.
  • The intern will be sensitive to culturally appropriate information seeking and documentation. Ideally, the intern will know what and how to use culturally accepted protocol for information gathering, or be willing to learn what to do and how to do it.

What we will accomplish at the end of the Internship:

  • Will demonstrate cultural/elder respect at all times; will not probe for information beyond culturally accepted ways.
  • Will provide weekly project updates to Grouse Point Person.
  • Will maintain weekly contact with Grouse Point Person.
  • Will present a final project report to the Grouse Project Team and interested regional community members.