The Community Based Monitoring (CBM) program is a shared initiative between the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) and Mikisew Cree First Nation (MCFN). The CBM program has four Mikisew Cree First Nation Environmental Technicians or ‘Guardians’, and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation have one full-time IRC staff member dedicated to the CBM, with numerous ACFN members assisting the program in rotation.


To track changes to the water and land in the traditional areas of the Mikisew Cree and Athabasca Chipewyan first nations.


The program relies on both scientific and Indigenous Knowledge monitoring methods to allow  ACFN and MCFN members to better understand the environmental changes they see at both local and regional scales.


The CBM program has a total of 42 sampling sites throughout the Peace-Athabasca Delta:  10 sites for ice thickness, 10 for snow quality, 7 for laboratory water quality and regular water chemistry, 13 water depth sites, and two background sites.


The CBM program began in 2007 and is on-going.

Project Contact:

Bruce Maclean
Maclean Environmental Consulting
E-mail: Bruce.maclean@mcfngir.ca