Publications + Reports
Here you can find just about every resource that Ecology North has developed as well as many of our published reports from projects across all of our priority areas. If you're looking for something in particular and you can't find it here please feel free to give us a call and we'll be happy to help you find it.
Carbon Pricing in the NWT - Ecology North developed a discussion paper on an NWT carbon tax in the winter of 2016 that outlines recommendations for implementation, including: carbon tax background, recommendation for rates, options for taxation and the estimated impacts on people and businesses in NWT.
Ecology North Carbon Pricing Proposal April 2013 - This proposal describes details of an Ecology North initiative to introduce a carbon pricing system in the NWT similar to systems that have been effectively implemented in BC, Quebec, and Alberta.
Final Report Building Localized Economies - This report provides a high level of details about the goals and accomplishments of the 2015 Building Localized Economies gathering, including summaries of each of the presentations
GNWT Carbon Tax Discussion Paper June 2012 - This paper reports the findings of an investigation into the implications of a carbon tax on Northwest Territories (NWT) residents and businesses and the NWT economy as a whole.
Greening the Economy 2009 - A sustainable or “green” economy – one that will best serve the needs of northerners for generations to come – takes full account of how our business activities affect our “triple bottom line” which encompasses financial, environmental and social wealth.
Re-Eneregizing the NWT Energy Plan - In this document Ecology North provides a point form review of key elements of the 2013 NWT Energy Plan from an environmental perspective.
Revenue Options 2010 Discussion Paper - The department of finance prepared this document to summarize consultations held in 2009 and 2010 on the subject of restructuring taxes in the NWT.
SP Carbon Tax Discussion Submission 2010 - This submission is intended to support the government’s consideration of a possible carbon tax, and inform public debate on the detailed design of a carbon tax in the coming year
Sustainable Properties Report BC Carbon Tax - This document reviews the impact of BC’s carbon tax during it’s first four years of implementation.
Understanding the Proposed NWT Carbon Tax - Ecology North prepared this carbon pricing fact sheet to highlight the key features of the initiative.
Climate Change and Energy - Comments to the GNWT Energy and Climate Change Consultations: The GNWT recently undertook extensive consultations throughout the NWT's five regions on Energy and Climate Change. These consultations will feed into the Strategic frameworks being developed by Public Works and Services (Energy) and Environment and Natural Resources (Climate Change). Ecology North's Chloe Dragon Smith was at these consultation sessions. We developed this submission to the GNWT to help promote a rapid change to a low carbon economy in the NWT. Ecology North envisions a carbon tax being the key driver of this change, as it will transfer funds from polluters to projects that help northerners take advantage of innovative new technologies to reduce our cost of living. To learn more check out our submission here.
Intro to adaptation brochure - Adaptation is a process to keep things in balance, as other things change. The natural and human environment always adapt – to ongoing natural and man-made changes. This short brochure from 2008 describes the key steps and considerations for developing a community adaptation plan
Intro to Mitigation Brochure - This brochure is one of the earliest documents Ecology North published on the subject of Climate Change mitigation.
Integrating Climate Change Measures Into Municipal Planning and Decision Making; A guide for Northern Communities - This document was prepared by Ecology North and the Pembina institute for the NWT Association of Communities. It describes how climate change is affecting northern communities and describes a process for integrating these considerations into existing municipal planning processes.
Protocol to assess the vulnerability of northern water and wastewater systems to climate change impacts 2010 - The provision of clean drinking water and the effective management of wastewater (including solid waste leachate) are fundamentally important to maintaining environmental, social, and economic health. NWT communities should thus become involved in planning for and adapting to the impacts of climate change on water and wastewater systems. The first step in adapting to climate change impacts is an examination of the vulnerability of water and wastewater systems to climate change and the identification of adaptation priorities.
Ft McPherson Tetlit Gwich’in Adaptation Plan Environmental Scan - This scan is based on the research and process of writing the Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the community of Fort McPherson, NWT. The scan outlines research completed into background issues related to climate change impacts that may be affecting the community and more broadly the Gwich'in region.
Tetl’it Zheh Climate Change Adaptation Planning Project 2011 - The Fort McPherson Adaptation Project was initiated by Ecology North with the support of CS Environmental. It was loosely based on a process developed by the Northern Climate Exchange for the Dawson City Adaptation Plan (NCE, 2009). The resulting collaborative process drew knowledge and expertise from both the community and technical experts from the Northwest Territories
Ft Mcpherson profile - This document provides basic historical, geographic, and demographic information about Ft McPherson
Tetlit Gwich’in Climate Change Adaptation Plan Summary - This brochure summarizes the key aspects of the community’s Climate Change Adaptation plan
Gwichya Gwich’in Climate Change Adaptation Plan Brochure 2010- This brochure summarizes the key aspects of the community’s Climate Change Adaptation plan
Gwichya Gwich’in Climate Change Adaptation Planning Project 2010 - The Tsiigehtchic Adaptation Project was loosely based on a process developed by the Northern Climate Exchange for the Dawson City Adaptation Plan (NCE. 2009). The resulting collaborative process drew knowledge and expertise from both the community and technical experts from the Northwest Territories.
Gwichya Gwich’in Climate Change Adaptation Implementation plan - This implementation plan outlines the recommended adaptations and attempts to provide a schedule and timeline for implementation of adaptation activities.
Tsiigehtchic community profile - This document provides basic historical, geographic, and demographic information about Tsiigehtchic.
Summary poster describing climate change impacts on Tsiigehtchic - This poster summarizes expected climate change impacts on the community of Tsiigehtchic in bullet form with graphics and images
Assessment of the vulnerability of Tsiigehtchic’s water and wastewater systems to climate change impacts - Ecology North worked with Tsiigehtchic to create a community climate change adaptation plan. This report assessing the vulnerability of its water and wastewater systems to the impacts of climate change is in addition to the community climate change adaptation plan.
Slope stability review and evaluation of stabilization options for Church Hill Tsiigehtchic - EBA, A Tetra Tech Company (EBA) was contacted on April 14, 2010, by Doug Ritchie, Program Director of Ecology North, to provide a proposal to assist in developing climate change adaptations for the Charter Community of Tsiigehtchic, NT. In general accordance with EBA’s proposal of June 18, 2010, this report has been prepared as one of the deliverables of the project: to evaluate stabilization options for Church Hill
Behchoko Climate Change action plan The purpose of the Behchoko Climate Change Action Plan is to outline climate change
risks to the community, along with strategies and options for dealing with these risks. The plan also considers any opportunities that may be presented by climate change.
Bibliography of climate change research in Tlicho Region - As part of Ecology North's work to support the Tlicho government and communities in regional community-based climate change planning, the following summary of existing and on-going scientific research on topics related to climate change in the Tlicho region was compiled.
Assessment of the vulnerability of Deline’s water and waste water systems to climate change impacts - Déline is a community of about 600 residents located on Great Bear Lake in the Sahtu Settlement Area of the Northwest Territories (NWT). Ecology North worked with Déline to assess the vulnerability of its water and wastewater systems to the impacts of climate change.
Assessment of the vulnerability of Wekweeti’s water and waste water systems to climate change impacts - Wekweètì is a community of about 150 residents located on Snare Lake in the Tlicho region of the Northwest Territories (NWT). Ecology North worked with Wekweètì to assess the vulnerability of its water and waste water systems to the impacts of climate change.
Climate change effects on buildings poster - A poster highlighting the risks to buildings in the north in a changing climate.
Climate change and food poster - A poster highlighting the possible impacts of climate change on northern food security.
Climate Change and Transportation poster - A poster highlighting the risks posed by climate change to transportation in the north.
Climate change and water poster - a poster highlighting the risks posed by climate change to water in the north.
Climate Change Summary poster - A poster produced by Ecology North to summarize the main impacts of climate change on transportation, food, water and buildings in the north.
NWT Climate Change Leadership Summit: A Call to Action - Ecology North and the Dene Nation organized the NWT climate change leadership summit to inform leaders in the NWT about climate change impacts and to discuss adaptations.
Tlicho Climate Change book - Many Tlicho people agree that climate change is a front-burner issue that no one can ignore any longer. This handbook begins with an overview of northern climate change and introduces the two main ways we can respond to it: mitigation – fighting its causes – and adaptation –reducing its impacts.
Environmental Education Workshops - This document describes the different ways in which Ecology North can support schools to deliver environmental education.
Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee Brochure - A public education brochure about the Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee, a species at risk in the Northwest Territories.
NWT School Gardens: Garden Curriculum for Grade 3 - A school garden curriculum based on the highly successful gardening program at Weledeh School in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
NWT Science Focus: engaging NWT youth and teachers for grades 6-12 in environmental science - A website providing interactive, hands-on, science-based lesson plans and activities for youth across the NWT. Our focus is on grades 6-12 with lesson plans based on five different themes (waste , water, climate change, and energy). The teachers portal and curriculum were developed by Ecology north and funded by NSERC.
WWF Schools for a Living Planet - Ecology North has developed a series of curriculum linked lesson plans for teachers in the Northwest Territories as part of the WWF Schools for a Living Planet program. The resources are for students and teachers in Grades 3 - 8 and cover the following themes - Grade 3 Northern Soils and Plants, Grade 4 - Solar Energy and Extreme Weather, Grade 5 - Snow Amazing (snow mechanics and human interaction with snow), Grade 6 - Energy and Alternatives, Grade 7 - Trash Talk (waste reduction and hazardous waste) and Grade 8 - Northern Waters. The resources were officially launched on the World Wildlife Fund website during the NWT TA Territorial Teacher’s conference, September 29 - October 1, 2014. It has been exciting to develop resources with a focus on our northern teachers and students. To access these free resources please visit schools.wwf.ca
Northern Backyard Farming - Book #1 Raising Chickens - More and more people are waking up to the joys of growing their own food. this guide is intended to illustrate the basics of raising chickens in your backyard. Chickens are fun, entertaining, great with kids and provide nutritious eggs and meat. This guide is the first in a series of booklets that Ecology North has developed about food in the NWT. Pick it up and give it a read; maybe chickens are your next step to eating more local healthy food grown right here in the NWT.
Northern Backyard Farming - Book #2 Preserving Food - Preserving food is an age-old tradition. Freezing, drying, canning, jams and jellies, pickling, fermenting, and root cellaring are all great ways to store food from one season to the next. This guide is intended to provide some basic inspiration to preserve your own food. Preserving food can be fun, easy, interesting, and delicious. This guide is the second in a series of booklets that Ecology North has developed about food in the NWT. Pick it up and give it a read; maybe food preservation is your next step to eating more healthy and locally grown food in the NWT.
Northern Backyard Farming - Book #3 Composting - Composting is a great way to keep organic materials out of the landfill. It is a fun, inexpensive and easy way to turn food and yard waste into a valuable, nutrient-rich soil conditioner. This guide is the third in a series of booklets that Ecology North has developed about food in the NWT. Pick it up and give it a read; maybe making your own compost is your next step to growing local and healthy food right here in the NWT!
Northern Backyard Farming - Book #4 Soil Health - Growing food starts with healthy soil. There are a number of factors that can influence soil health including pH, moisture, structure, texture and nutrients. This guide is intended to provide basic information about building up and maintaining healthy soil. Understanding your soil's health is an essential part of growing food. This guide is the fourth in a series of booklets that Ecology North has developed about food in the NWT. Pick it up and give it a read; maybe enhancing your soil's health is your next step to growing your own food in the NWT.
Stimulating Commercial Berry Production in the NWT Capital Region Final Report - Numerous berry species are found in the N'dilo region (capital region) of the Northwest Territories (NWT), and could be planted on an orchard scale for local consumption. Local agricultural land is in very limited supply, but berries are high value crops that require only small areas of land for production. Berries are very perishable, which results in relatively high losses and high prices in grocery stores when compared to other fruit and vegetables. This study thus examines the feasibility of producing berries in the capital region for the fresh local market. Funding for this project was provided by the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), which is administered by the Territorial Farmers Association (TFA).
Bike Routes report 2007- A report outlining the arguments for improving bicycle access in the city.
Transport Issues Committee Yellowknife Bike Routes Project Phase Two Final Report 2008 - The overall goal of the Yellowknife Bike Routes Project is to make cycling safer, more convenient and more enjoyable. This document reports on key developments during phase two of the project.
Bio Diesel Project Final Report 2011: In 2009, Yellowknife resident Daniel Gillis began experiments to create biodiesel and use it in his diesel truck and oil stove. Dan surveyed Yellowknife restaurants in early 2010 to determine that about 84,000 litres of used vegetable oil were being produced and landfilled each year. In September of 2010, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) and Government of the Northwest Territories - Environment and Natural Resources (GNWT-ENR) agreed to fund an expanded biodiesel project that would include renting an appropriate facility and producing biodiesel as a pilot project with the intent of the project eventually becoming a self-sustaining business. This funded project officially began in October 2010. The goals of the project were to create an alternative home heating fuel, divert used vegetable oil (UVO) from the landfill, create a feasible business model, and pass knowledge of the project on to others.
Feasibility of Composting in Hay River - March 2014: In March 2013, Environment Canada published a report, Technical Document on Municipal Solid Waste Organics Processing that had a target audience of medium to large Canadian municipalities. In the Canadian North, over half the population lives in small- to medium-sized communities outside of the capital cities. Recently, communities such as Hay River, Northwest Territories have expressed a desire to recycle like their southern counterparts and to compost organic residuals such as food and yard wastes. Composting organic materials using paper products as carbon sources presents an opportunity to locally convert more than 60% of the waste stream into a valuable soil amendment. This Feasibility of Centralized Composting in Hay River report builds on this previous work by providing a case study for territorial, provincial and municipal governments, and other decision-makers to increase organics diversion in northern communities.
Yellowknife Centralized Composting Pilot Project Report - Oct. 2012: Between 2009-2012 the City of Yellowknife carried out a Centralized Composting Pilot Project (CCPP) to learn about the composting process, and to evaluate the feasibility of expanding composting efforts to involve a greater number of participants and sectors. The design of the CCPP was based upon recommendations in the Study of Options for a Centralized Composting Pilot Project in the City of Yellowknife written by Ecology North, in collaboration with the City, in 2008.
Navigating the Waters of Change: Strengthening the Capacity of NWT Communities to Respond to the Impacts of Climate Change on Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems 2009 - The purpose of this paper is to provide a preliminary assessment of the potential impacts of climate change on water and waste water systems in the NWT and recommend actions to increase the capacity of communities to respond and adapt to changes.
Behind the Bottle 2009 - In 2009 Ecology North released a 4-page publication educating residents about the NWT about bottled water, specifically about the hidden costs of choosing to drink bottled water.
Drinking Water Curriculum in the NWT 2013 - Ecology North helped to develop a Northern focused student curriculum designed to fit in with the Grade 7 and 8 Science in Action, Grade 8 Math, and the Dene Kede school curriculums, in addition to a promotional video. The curriculum is comprised of two separate lessons designed to help students think critically about drinking bottled water in the Northwest Territories and the steps through which communities can and do protect their community’s tap water. Lesson 1. Lesson 2.
Pepper and the Mighty Mackenzie 2014 - As part of Canada Water Week 2014, Ecology North developed an educational activity in support of the Northwest Territories Water Stewardship Strategy. The book is for children of all ages, and follows Sand Piper as she explores the mighty Mackenzie River.
Fort Resolution Youth Monitoring Project Teaching Resources 2014 - Draft Teaching Resources Prepared for Pilot Use in Fort Resolution 2014 - This document includes three draft teaching modules that have been prepared for pilot use in Fort Resolution as part of the Fort Resolution Youth Monitoring Project.
Get To Know Your Watershed - Teacher Resource Guide 2015 - Ecology North developed this teacher resource guide for northern teachers and organizations to help teach and engage students in learning about watersheds. The guide was developed with financial support from Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories and was released for Canada Water Week 2015.
Trout Lake Source Water Protection: Briefing and Implementation Planning Presentation 2015 - Ecology North staff presented a summary of our Source Water Protection work with the community of Trout Lake at the NWT Water Stewardship Implementation Planning Meeting.
Background Research Report on Bottled Water Consumption in the NWT 2016 - As part of Canada Water Week 2016, Ecology North launched a preliminary study into the amount of bottled water consumed in the NWT over 2014-2015. The research methods, approach, and results are reported in this background document.
Community of Sambaa K'e 2015 Water Quality Sampling Result Summary - Ecology North and the Community of Sambaa K'e recently completed a water quality sampling program aimed at learning more about how abandoned wells in the Trout Lake watershed may be impacting surrounding water quality. The results of the sampling program are presented in this document.