Traditional Ecological Knowledge Policy

Indigenous Relations is developing a Traditional Ecological Knowledge policy to guide how the Alberta government could consider and respectfully apply traditional ecological knowledge in land and resource management systems.

The Alberta government recognizes the value and unique perspectives traditional ecological knowledge offers, and in respect of the sacred nature of this topic, is working closely with First Nations, Métis, and Indigenous organizations.  This initiative is intended to support the protection of this knowledge and allow for respectful opportunities for Indigenous individuals, communities and organizations to contribute towards the best possible environmental planning and management for Alberta.


Government staff began one-on-one engagement with Indigenous communities and organizations in the fall of 2017.

Government is receiving guidance in the initial policy development process from Indigenous elders and  technicians.

Staff will continue talking with Indigenous communities and organizations throughout the policy development process.

The Alberta government will inform industry partners and other key stakeholders on the initiative in summer 2018.

A draft policy is anticipated to be developed for fall 2018.

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