CABIN & Indigenous Knowledge

Living Lakes Canada learns from experience in the field with First Nation communities and with mentoring from Canada’s top water scientists. We develop and deliver successful citizen science, community-based water monitoring initiatives, and are the one of the only Canadian NGO trained by Environment and Climate Change Canada to train community groups, professionals, industry and First Nation communities in the CABIN methodology (Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network), which is the most widely used national protocol to assess stream health.

We are partnering with First Nation communities across British Columbia to simultaneously integrate traditional western science by using the standardized CABIN protocol with the inclusion of indigenous language, as the first stages of a cultural preservation project. Living Lakes Canada will continue with the momentum developed in the Cultural Connections Pilot project in partnership with the Ktunaxa Nation Council to interweave Indigenous Knowledge and western science for joint watershed health evaluation and stewardship to support informed decision-making, working towards on the ground examples of co-development of watershed assessment methods.

The 2018 field season includes workshops with the Liard River Guardians (Dene Nan Yadeh) program and 9 different First Nation representatives from the Skeena watershed.

If you or your community are interested in participating in the preliminary stages of the language and cultural preservation project that will contribute to the evolution of the CABIN stream assessment protocol to include Traditional stream names, language and Traditional Knowledge please contact Raegan Mallinson at