« Week of February 22, 2009 »
Start: 02/19/2009 10:00 am
End: 02/22/2009 5:00 pm

Registration is now open for the First Nations Technology Council's 5th Annual Conference at

There is an early bird registration fee of $125 plus $75 for the First Nations Pre-Conference day (Feb. 19), which focuses on land, marine, resource and environmental health information management, including going forward to build the First Nations Shared Information Service, as well as an E-Health update. Please note: If FNTC is successful in securing more Conference funding, the registration fee will be refunded, together with any travel subsidies that are approved once your travel claim is reimbursed.

Our keynote speakers – Grand Chief Ed John and John McKnight from Northwestern University - will discuss how technology can support building strong communities, and how learning to do community asset mapping can identify resources you never realized exist in communities. Be part of building the $5m First Nations ICT Capacity Plan – capacity being defined as computer user skills, technician training and technical support.

Learn how to market your local goods to international markets; how you can become a rap or a rock star, or how to become a film producer.

Learn basic Records Management skills to help manage a resource that is as important as your human, financial or natural resources.

Learn how other communities are building capacity in their Community Learning Centres. Find out how a Biodiversity project is discovering traditional technologies that are very relevant today.

These are just some of the sessions being offered. There are still a couple of open sessions so if you have a project you’d like to present at the Conference, please contact us as soon as possible.

Start: 02/20/2009 9:00 am
End: 02/22/2009 5:00 pm

Following on last year’s successful conference, we invite you and your students to submit abstracts and attend the second Conference of Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada. Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada brings together researchers of geo-spatial information who live and work in Canada. Those of you who attended last year know that we had strong representation of participatory GIS research and practice (not surprising, considering the committee's long involvement in participatory GIS and critical GIS) and we hope to do so once again.

Become part of a community that shares our research and exposes our students to new ways of thinking spatially and using geographic information. Our goals include:

  • Having our student present in front of a Canadian GIS/Geomatics/geoweb research audience (last year, 2/3 of presenters were students!).
  • Share the ongoing and emerging GIS/Geomatics/geoweb research in our community.
  • Build cohesion and synergy among GIS/Geomatics/geoweb researchers.
  • Discuss issues of importance to the Canadian GIS/Geomatics/geoweb community.
  • Provide mentorship opportunities for students and junior scholars.

The conference will be held February 20-22, 2009, once again in Fernie, BC.

Deadline for submitting abstracts and registering for the conference:
October 3, 2008

More information, abstract submission, and registration can be found at

We look forward to seeing you in Fernie!

Scott Bell, University of Saskatchewan
Renee Sieber, McGill University
Nadine Schuurman, Simon Fraser University


“It is a start to building a Canadian GIS academic community…”

“Great for students”

“…it has started the foundations for a Canadian GIS community”

“The number of experts available for feedback on our research is VERY valuable”

“A great first step towards a community”

“Conference was VERY successful, well done!!”

“Build it and they will come”

“I thought the conference was brilliant”

“Well done, super job!”

“A good experience. The opportunity to be exposed to the types of research being done in Canada was great”