Application of GIS in the Aboriginal Context: Creating Aboriginal Competancy Definitions

Eugene C. Sander, P.Eng.
Camosun College
Victoria, BC

THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF GIS
School of Environment and Life Science
University of Salford
Salford, Greater Manchester
September, 2004

Abstract:
Aboriginal mappers constitute the fastest growing group of GIS users in BC (Johnson, 1995), yet their specific education needs have never been addressed by education institutions. Application of GIS to support treaty negotiations and post-treaty resource stewardship requires a body information including Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge, Cultural Sensitivity, and data acquisition methods that have heretofore not been included in any GIS oriented curriculum. Institutions offering nationally accredited programs for technician and technologist education are limited in Aboriginal oriented content in their programs, as this body of information is not included in Canadian Technology Standards (CTS). Defining of the body of information, hereafter referred to as “Aboriginal Competencies” and its inclusion CTS will allow education institutions to offer it as an integral part of their curricula.
The thesis outlines the process of research and development that led to the creation of Aboriginal Competency Definitions.

Full Text: Thesis_Aboriginal_CompetenciesSander.pdf

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