November 7, 2016, Vancouver, B.C. – The Musqueam Indian Band, in partnership with Firelight Research Inc., Squamish Nation, National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association, Inlailawatash Limited Partnership, Ecotrust Canada, Google Earth Outreach, and Esri Canada will welcome more than 150 community practitioners from across North America to Vancouver, BC on November 7-10, for the 3rd annual Indigenous Mapping Workshop. The workshop will bring together participants from Indigenous communities, community-based mapping practitioners, and university-based researchers to create a North American network of Indigenous practitioners, sharing knowledge and experiences of spatial technologies to advance Indigenous rights and interests.
“First Nations people have always had an acute sense of where we are in the world. We navigated throughout our territories guided by our stories, landmarks, waters and the heavens. Present day mapping, Geospatial tools and technologies will help guide us in the future as adaptability has always been our strongest asset,” said Graeme Sandy of National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA).