Informed Consent

You are invited to participate in a web-based online survey on traditional ecological knowledge in Southeast Alaska and transboundary issues. This is a research project being conducted by Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) and the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. It should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

PARTICIPATION 
Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may refuse to take part in the research or exit the survey at any time without penalty. You are free to decline to answer any particular question you do not wish to answer for any reason.

BENEFITS
You will receive no direct benefits from participating in this research study. However, your responses may help us understand community concerns in transboundary areas and guide future discussions.

RISKS
There are no foreseeable risks involved in participating in this study.
 
CONFIDENTIALITY
Your survey answers will be sent to a link at SurveyMonkey.com where data will be stored in a password protected electronic format. Survey Monkey does not collect identifying information such as your name, email address, or IP address. Therefore, your responses will remain anonymous. No one will be able to identify you or your answers, and no one will know whether or not you participated in the study.

At the end of the survey you will be asked if you are interested in participating in an additional interview [by phone, in person, or email]. If you choose to provide contact information such as your phone number or email address, your survey responses may no longer be anonymous to the researcher. However, no names or identifying information would be included in any publications or presentations based on the data, and your responses to this survey will remain confidential.
 
CONTACT
If you have any questions you may contact Tlingit & Haida Native Lands and Resources Department at (907) 463-7184 or rpaddock@ccthita-nsn.gov.
 
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The State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation at (907) 269-7635 or terri.lomax@alaska.gov.

ELECTRONIC CONSENT: You may print a copy of this consent form for your records. By clicking on the “Agree” button you agree that:

· You have read the above information

· You voluntarily agree to participate

· You are 18 years of age or older
  
Gunalchéesh / Háw’aa / Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is very valuable.

* 1. I have read the information above and give my informed consent to participate in this survey.

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