NWT Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program (NWT CIMP)

Videos - NWT CIMP

Overview of the NWT Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program (NWT CIMP)

New 2022-23 Project Results

  1. CIMP210 - Assessing Stream Health Along the Dempster-Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Corridor Using Biomonitoring Program (Environment and Climate Change Canada)
  2. CIMP211 - The Impacts of Permafrost Thaw Slumps on Arctic Stream Ecology (Environment and Climate Change Canada)
  3. CIMP212 - Studying northern lakes in a changing climate (Wilfrid Laurier University)
  4. CIMP216 - K’ahsho Got’ine Foundation Guardians – Water Monitoring (Environment and Climate Change Canada)
  5. CIMP217 - Permafrost loss and impacts to łuk dagaii (broad whitefish) habitat in the Peel River Watershed (University of Victoria) 

Dehcho Region Project Results

NWT CIMP annually hosts a regional results workshop highlighting current and past environmental monitoring and research. For 2021/22, a workshop for the Dehcho Region was intended, but could not be held due to COVID. Instead, NWT CIMP-funded project researchers, and researchers working in the Dehcho, provided videos to share project results with Dehcho communities, northern decision-makers and the general public.  Enjoy the 7 below videos!
  1. CIMP203 - Fish in the Liard River Watershed: Observations from Community Harvesters - (Acho Dene First Nation)
  2. CIMP199 - Water in a Changing Climate - (University of Montreal)
  3. CIMP132 - Great Slave Lake Food-web Dynamics Study - (Department of Fisheries and Oceans)
  4. CIMP219 - Cumulative effects of fire, permafrost, and human development on caribou habitat and recovery - (Wilfrid Laurier University)
  5. CIMP154 - Understanding Fish Mercury Concentrations in Dehcho Lakes - (University of Waterloo and Dehcho First Nations)
  6. CIMP205 – What does it take to make a female caribou fat? - (GNWT – ECC)
  7. Bonus video! – The Dehcho Collaborative on Permafrost - (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Kǫ̀k’etı̀: Walking with Caribou

In collaboration with Trail Films, the Tłı̨chǫ Government have developed the film Kǫ̀k’etı̀: Walking with Caribou. The film follows the journey of Ekwǫ̀ Nàxoèhdee K’è caribou monitors as we use traditional methods to travel across the land to watch over the Bathurst herd. The film focuses on the Tłı̨chǫ people’s relationship with the Bathurst caribou that migrate across our traditional territory, and has been a source of food, clothing and cultural identity since time immemorial. However, in the last 30 years, the herd has declined from 480,000 to only 6200 animals. Climate change, predation, hunting and industrial development are all factors leading to the decline.
Knowing that something must be done, the Tłı̨chǫ Government developed the caribou monitoring program. Using the traditional teachings of our elders, we travel to the barrenland and walk the land with the caribou to watch over them in their time of need.
Kǫ̀k’etı̀: Walking with Caribou is presented at the following film festivals:
  • Nunavut International Film Festival - Iqaluit, Nunavut - February 21, 2022
  • North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival - Fargo, North Dakota - April 20, 2022
  • International Wildlife Film Festival - Missoula, Montana - April 23, 2022
  • Wildlife Conservation Film Festival - New York, New York - October 13, 2022
  • Yorkton Film Festival – Yorkton, May 26-29, 2022
People involved: John B Zoe, Tammy Steinwand-Deschambeault, Tyanna Steinwand, Petter Jacobsen, Michel Louis Rabesca, Roy Judas, Russell Drybones, Joe Lazare Zoe, Leon Ekendia, JJ Simpson, Nora Ekendia, Eva Mantla, Camilia Zoe-Chocolate, John Nishi, Jimmy P Mantla, Mike Simpson, Peter Huskey, and John Franklin & Mercie Kaodloak.
Special thanks to Chad Galloway, Trail Films Inc.

Boots on the Ground: Traditional Knowledge Monitoring of Caribou

This video highlights a NWT CIMP funded project led by the Tłı̨chǫ Government that monitors the condition and behaviours of the Bathurst caribou herd. With the recent population decline in the, having the best possible traditional, local and scientific information is necessary to help us understand the cumulative impacts that may have led to this change.

Wildfire Impacts on the North Slave Region Ecosystem

This video highlights a NWT CIMP-funded project conducted by Brock University to examine the cumulative impacts of two important agents of disturbance – drought and forest fires – and their effects on forests and aquatic systems in the North Slave Region. 

Disturbance impacts on streams within the Sahtu

This video highlights a NWT CIMP led project to examine disturbance impacts on streams in the Sahtu Region, in partnership with the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board. This project aimed to develop an understanding of the cumulative impact of various disturbances on aquatic systems in watersheds draining the eastern foothills of the Central Mackenzie Valley.