When the Caribou Do Not Come

Indigenous Knowledge and Adaptive Management in the Western Arctic

Edited by Brenda L. Parlee and Ken J. Caine

  • Published: 2018. Paperback November 2018
  • Subject Listing: Native American and Indigenous Studies; Nature and Environment; History / Canadian History
  • Bibliographic information: 278 pp., 21 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

In the 1990s, headlines about declining caribou populations grabbed international attention. Were caribou the canary in the coal mine for climate change, or did declining numbers reflect overharvesting or failed attempts at scientific wildlife management? Grounded in community-based research in northern Canada, a region in the forefront of co-management efforts, these collected stories and essays bring to the fore the insights of the Inuvialuit, Gwich'in, and Sahtu, people for whom caribou stewardship has been a way of life for centuries. Ultimately, this powerful book drives home the important role that Indigenous knowledge must play in understanding, and coping with, our changing Arctic ecosystems.
Brenda L. Parlee is associate professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. Ken J. Caine is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta.
Foreword / Fikret Berkes
Introduction / Brenda Parlee and Ken Caine

Part 1: Counting Caribou
1. From Tuktoyaktuk - Place of Caribou / Frank Pokiak
2. The Past Facing Forward: History and Caribou Management in Northern Canada / John Sandlos
3. Recounting Caribou / Brenda Parlee
4. Beyond the Harvest Study / Brenda Parlee, Natalie Zimmer, and Peter Boxall

Part 2: Understanding Caribou
5. We Are the People of the Caribou / Morris Neyelle
6. Harvesting in Dene Territory: The Connection of epei (Caribou) to the Culture and Identityof the Shuhtagot'ine / Leon Andrew
7. Dene Youth Perspectives: Learning Skills on the Land / Roger McMillan

Part 3: Food Security
8. Time, Effort, Practice, and Patience / Anne Marie Jackson
9. The Wage Economy and Caribou Harvesting / Zoe Todd and Brenda Parlee
10. Caribou and the Politics of Sharing / Tobi Jeans Maracle, Glenna Tetlichi, Norma Kassi, and David Natcher

Part 4: Governance and Management
11. Recollections of Caribou Use and Management / Robert Charlie
12. Ways We Respect Caribou: A Comparison of Rules and Rules in Use in the Management of the Porcupine Caribou / Kristine Wray
13. Letting the Leaders Pass: Barriers to Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Co management as the Basis of Formal Hunting Regulations / Elisabeth Padilla and Gary P. Kofinas