Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway Borrow Sources Investigations Program

Alan Youell (NWT Archaeologist’s Permit 2013-010)

On behalf of the Department of Transportation, Government of the Northwest Territories, Kavik-Stantec Inc. conducted an archaeological impact assessment of the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway Borrow Source. The specific purpose of the archaeological component of the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway Borrow Source Investigations Program was to identify archaeological, historical, palaeontological and traditional land use sites at the proposed gravel borrow source locations. These borrow source locations are situated within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region east of the east channel of the Mackenzie River and south from Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik. Investigation of the developments was conducted under Northwest Territories Class 2 Archaeologists Permit #2013-010.

To conduct the assessment, archaeologist Alan Youell, field technician Enoch Pokiak and wildlife monitor Lucky Pokiak conducted field surveys of the proposed development areas. The field survey was done on foot and involved an intensive examination of the surface area to determine the presence of unrecorded archaeological or cultural sites.

The areas investigated under the 2013-010 permit included the assessment of seventeen borrow source locations. No historical or palaeontological sites were located, however, two new archaeological sites (NfTq-6; historic campsite and NgTq-2; isolated lithic find) were recorded and one previously recorded site.

(Edited by Morgan Moffitt, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre)