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Land use preferences of the Adams Lake Indian Band : employing the Q sorting technique in natural resource management Barnes, Justin Gray


This thesis presents the application and results from the Q Sorting Technique to elicit land use preferences among the membership of the Adams Lake Indian Band of Chase, British Columbia. First Nations in BC and elsewhere have historically articulated their land use preferences through different paradigms than the frameworks employed by the provincial and federal governments, private industry and non-governmental organizations. A literature review on that paradigm—the Criteria and Indicator framework— explores where existing shortcomings can be enhanced to include land management objectives set by First Nations stakeholders at the resource level. The Q Sorting Technique and factor analysis reveal one dominant mode of thinking among the membership regarding management of the ALIB traditional territory, which is bifurcated into discrete dimensions: the Secwepemc land management paradigm, and prescriptive management direction. In addition, subsequent individualized perspectives emerged from the Q Sorting Technique and factor analysis. However, the dominant factor shows significant consensus with differing perspectives among the membership of ALIB. Further, this thesis explores the translation of Aboriginal concerns into a Criteria and Indicator framework, the utility of the Q Method and the potential for including this approach to elicit Aboriginal values as a decision support mechanism for natural resource management decision makers.

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