Traditional Use Studies

Information pertaining to Traditional Use Studies methods.

Chief Kerry's Moose: a guidebook to land use and occupancy mapping, research design and data collection

by Terry Tobias

a guidebook to land use and occupancy mapping, research design and data collection

Alberta Aboriginal Relations: Traditional Use Studies (TUS)

A Traditional Use Study can identify where Aboriginal people hunt, fish, and trap on public land. Information contained in a TUS can also inform resource management decision-making and flag where potential conflicts might exist.

The Power of Traditional Use Studies in British Columbia

04/23/2008 9:00 am
04/26/2008 5:00 pm

Traditional use studies have been underway in many British Columbia aboriginal communities for over a decade. These studies have been applied in a wide range of contexts, from the more common referral response support, to the establishment of boundaries and working overlap agreements between neighbouring First Nations, to their use in proactive land use planning (at local and strategic levels), to demonstrating use and occupancy in the context of aboriginal title litigation and specific claims. The papers in this session will draw on specific cases of how these studies have been conducted and how they have been used, to critically examine the power of traditional use studies in the dynamic of aboriginal relations with the state, and between and within individual aboriginal communities.

Northwest Anthropological Conference
Victoria, BC (Marriott Hotel, downtown)
23th-26th April, 2008

NWAC includes anthropological research in northwestern North America, and the research of Pacific Northwest anthropologists working elsewhere in the world. Presentations are usually scheduled as 20 minute presentations (including questions).

Registration costs

Regular: $85.00 Canadian
Student: $45.00 Canadian

Example TUS Proposal from the Lheidli T'enneh Nation


We are the Lheidli T’enneh.  Our name essentially translates to “people from where the rivers flow together.” The rivers referred to are the Nee Incha Koh which means “river with strong undercurrents” and the Ltha Koh, the Big Mouth River.  These rivers are currently known as the Nechako and the Fraser.

According to our history, as told by our Elders, a large group of our people were led by the Traditional Chiefs and Medicine People to the convergence of these two rivers.  According to our Elders, originally these people - our ancestors - had travelled from the Blackwater area.

According to the ways of our people, we were once a migratory people in rhythm with the seasons.  Our ancestors would work in their family groups on their hunting and gathering grounds throughout our Traditional Territory.  Our ancestors were also traders of goods with various groups from neighbouring areas.  Due to this lifestyle, there were no permanent settlements like we think of them today.  However, there were seasonal villages at certain points along the lakes and rivers which were utilized for parts of the year.  Lheidli, the site of present-day Prince George, was one of these villages.  We occupied and used all of our Traditional Territory.  This is still true today.

The Traditional Use Study will allow us to gather land use information of our Traditional Territory.  This information would be invaluable to our community as it would allow us to make informed decisions and/or contributions in the operational and strategical planning of the natural resources of this area.

Such informed participation would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of land use planning and resource management of the Ministry of Forests at both the regional and district levels.  As well, it may enable a process where all parties can meet their planning obligations.

Overall, the study would improve the relationship between Lheidli T’enneh and government.

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