Scotty creek research station

Community Engagement

Dehcho K’Ehodi: The Consortium for Permafrost Ecosystems in Transition (CPET) participates in Dehcho K’Ehodi Regional gatherings so that the Scotty Creek Research Station is available and prepared for the training of the Dehcho Guardians.

Earthwatch: CPET assisted with the delivery of an Earthwatch field programme at Dechenla on the Canol Trail. This involved guiding groups of Earthwatch volunteers through a series of long term subarctic research projects in the Mackenzie Mountains. The work focused on assessment of krummholz tree stand dynamics, palsa permafrost thaw, and natural recolonization of pipeline disturbances from the 1940s.

Expert Evidence: CPET researchers provide expert evidence for the Dehcho First Nation (DFN) and their legal representatives at Mackenzie land and Water Board hearings on the impacts of permafrost thaw.

Highway 3 Project: CPET is working with the GNWT Department of Infrastructure on transferring new knowledge developed at the SCRS on the use of thermosyphons to regenerate permafrost and therefore reduce permafrost thaw-induced damage to the highway surface.

Hoarfrost River Field Course: CPET is collaborating with the Yellowknife Education District on a one-week field course in February, 2018 on snow eco-hydrology. The course will include both senior undergraduate students from Laurier and senior high school students from Yellowknife. The course will include a Traditional Knowledge component led by an Elder from Lutselk'e. More information on the course is available from:

Laurier Office of Indigenous Initiatives: CPET continues to collaborate with Laurier’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives (OII) so that the Laurier-GNWT Partnership activities and initiatives are accessible to them and available for their inclusion, participation and leadership. Examples include CRRC-OII co-hosting of panel discussions and guest speakers featuring NWT Indigenous community members.

New Field Camp opportunities: CPET has begun discussions with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Wilfrid Laurier University, on the possibility of NWT students participating in Laurier indigenous-focused field camps in southern Ontario.

Northern Research Basins (NRB): CPET researchers within the Cold Regions Research Centre successfully lobbied to have the next International NRB meeting hosted by Canada. This will occur in August, 2019 in Yellowknife. Collaborative planning with the GNWT for this event has begun. This event will showcase the Laurier-GNWT partnership to the international circumpolar community, and provide opportunities for transfer of knowledge and techniques to a wider community facing similar challenges.

Sahtú Community Meetings: CPET members participated in the Sahtú Cross-Cultural Research Forum, February 6-9, Tulít’a, NWT. This included break-out sessions specific to Tú hé t?n? hé (water and ice). We also attended a Sahtú Renewable Resources Board meeting in the same period.

Scotty Creek Field Course: CPET hosted a one-week field course at the SCRS on Snow Eco-Hydrology for high school environmental science students (grades 10-12) from the Dehcho Region. The presentation given by the students to their peers is available on the SCRS website: (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Strongstart: This collaboration with T. Jaffray, Superintendent of Dehcho Regional School Board, is focussed on implementing the Strongstart programme for literacy development in primary and junior grades. CPET personnel include professional teachers who led exercises in grades 1 to 4 classrooms at Bompas Elementary School (, Fort Simpson in September, 2017.