Traditional Knowledge Toolkit

The Toolkit outlines how to use storytelling and talking circles to facilitate the sharing of Traditional Knowledge (TK) about Aboriginal resilience among TK holders, their communities and local emergency management practitioners. It focuses on accessing information about community strengths, past emergencies, existing risks and wise practices to help Aboriginal communities become more resilient to disasters.

The details provided about storytelling and talking circles are provided as a guide only. Each community should feel free to adapt these techniques or substitute an approach that meets the needs of their specific traditions.

This Toolkit was developed by a team of researchers at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. It was then reviewed and approved by a team of Aboriginal consultants. In addition, the Toolkit was piloted with: Dokis First Nation, ON, Tobique First Nation, NB, and Prince Albert Grand Council, SK.

The Toolkit consist of a written document and 10 video clips for each location that showcases the Toolkit ‘in action’.

You can access the Traditional Knowledge Toolkit and the videos by clicking on the document in the right menu. You can also review all the community videos by clicking on the location name in the right menu.