An Application For Ethical Approval

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At the initiation of the project, I signed a research agreement with the Athabasca Denesųłiné Né Né Land Corporation. The purpose of this agreement was to identify information sharing procedures. It includes depositing all primary research data in the oral traditions archive of the Athabasca Denesųłiné Né Né Land Corporation. This agreement facilitated the prior and informed consent to conduct research with Hatchet Lake, Black Lake and Fond du Lac Denesųłiné First Nations. This insures that the ownership of the project data remains with the Athabasca Denesųłiné. It also ensures that all knowledge holders remain anonymous in the dissertation.
The research was conducted under the terms of an application for ethical approval for research
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A numeral is associated with each knowledge holder. An additional numeral indicates Individual interviews. In this dissertation, AD0 identifies knowledge holders, and AD0-0 indicates individual interviews. Interview notes, recordings, and transcripts remain confidential. These are with the Athabasca Denesųłiné Né Né Land Corporation. Interviews were in English and Denesųłiné, assisted with the use of a translator. I vetted all interview data prior to inclusion in the dissertation. This ensures accuracy and maintains the confidentiality of sensitive information. The vetting process included opportunities for knowledge holders to expand on interview data. I also shared project results with communities during public community meetings and one-on-one with knowledge holders. I used plain language, as well as visual aids, including photos, maps and schematics. I used translation services when required. This dissertation sparing uses Denesųłiné terms. This approach better shares Denesųłiné understandings to an English audience. The text explains each Denesųłiné term as it appears in the dissertation.
Materials reviewed included traditional land use studies. Up-to-date traditional land use information is in short supply, and much remains confidential. Denesųłiné traditional use information has been published by Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (2003a:1-165, 2003b:1-97), Fort MacKay
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