Traditional Ecological Knowledge - Virtual Delivery

traditional ecological indigenous knowledge course

Discover how to collect, present and report traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) using shared wisdom and information that has evolved over centuries of living as part of the environment.

TEK is an important source of environmental information for both First Nations and industry. It allows First Nations communities to realize their own expertise and apply their own knowledge and practices to help protect their way of life. And it helps industry identify and report on cultural resources as part of land-use projects.

Traditional knowledge is specific to a location and includes the relationships between plants, animals, natural phenomena, landscapes and timing of lifeway events, including but not limited to fishing, hunting, trapping, berry picking, medicinal plant use, agriculture, and forestry.

The StrongerBC future skills grant (FSG) is here to help you pursue the future you want. The grant will cover up to $3,500 of eligible costs for your short-term skills training at public universities and colleges in BC.

This course is eligible for funding. For information on how to apply for funding please access the StrongerBC future skills grant web page. 

Duration:  10 days

Delivery: Virtual classroom

This course is offered over 10 days (usually Monday to Friday over 2 weeks), with mornings learning in a virtual classroom via Zoom and afternoons completing self-paced activities.

This course is also available as a custom offering. In person training may be possible (customs only) depending on location and instructor availability. Please contact us at to set up a course date and time that works for you and your employees or community members.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and acknowledge different ways of knowing
  • Situate yourself as a researcher and identify biases
  • Conduct background research (public information)
  • Understand cultural resources (archaeological and ecological) and how they are protected in BC
  • Identify and record cultural resources in the field
  • Basic mapping
  • Develop interview questions, conduct interviews, interpret responses
  • Write a summary report
Virtual Classroom
Fall 2023
Date & Time:
20 Nov 2023 to 1 Dec 2023
  • Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm PST
  • 9:00am 12:00pm via Zoom
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm completing assignments
Instructor: Price:
Registration Deadline:
November 10, 2023

Course Requirements

Students must have a computer with a webcam in order to attend class and participate in exercises and knowledge checks. Attendance is mandatory. Students must complete four assignments related to the course topics and write a final report to share the information they have gathered.


Course Cancellations

Please note that courses may be cancelled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.