This four-day event provided participants with hands-on training on a variety of mapping programs and applications, including Google, Esri Canada, QGIS, and other geospatial tools. We learned how to use these tools to collect, host, visualize, share, and publish community data. The technical training was co-led by members of Google Earth Outreach, Esri Canada, and a global network of Indigenous mapping experts. Specific sessions that I attended were: using Google direct-to-digital mapping methods, introductory training on QGIS, analyzing data on ESRI ArcGIS online platform, collector for ESRI ArcGIS and creating web applications with ESRI ArcGIS. It is amazing and empowering to learn the multitude of tools available to organizations and communities that support cultural and environmental conservation initiatives.
A variety of plenary speakers also presented on a range of initiatives and mapping projects. This provided participants with an opportunity to learn what other communities and organizations are doing to document Traditional Knowledge, protect cultural resources and negotiate agreements. This also provided participants with an understanding of successes, challenges and lessons learned. The workshop was an incredible opportunity to network with other communities and organizations that are doing phenomenal work.
I would like to express my gratitude to the Winnipeg Foundation for providing the funding that allowed me to attend this workshop.
If you would like to learn more about the Indigenous Mapping Workshop, or how CIER can support your mapping projects, please contact Jessie at firstname.lastname@example.org.