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11/14/2008 9:00 am
11/14/2008 4:00 pm

LOCATION: The location is at 3873 First Avenue, Smithers BC.
The Office of the Wet’suwet’en have kindly offered the use of their board room for the meeting.

DATE: Friday, November 14, 2008 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Manifold “How To” Instructional Session - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
This session covers a basic introduction to Manifold. The session is very flexible and the
idea is to work through a small live project provided by one of the users. To help facilitate
this concept of ‘hands on learning’ please submit Manifold topics you would like to share or
present with the group. Topics for instruction are wide open and can range from analysis to
map layout. The session will be led by Johanna Pfalz.
Morning coffee break courtesy of Eclipse GIS

Lunch – 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Informal Discussion and Presentations – 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm - Show us what you have
been working on using Manifold GIS. Bring your cool maps and wicked analysis.
Afternoon coffee break courtesy of GeoBorealis Spatial Data Management

Please register and/or send submissions to Johanna Pfalz at or
to William Elliott at or contact us at 250.847.3822.

No computer technology is supplied, but you are encouraged to bring your laptop with an
active Manifold license.

Sponsored by GeoBorealis Spatial Data Management and Eclipse GIS


ESRI User Conference Student Volunteer Solicitation

A note posted on the NWTribalGIS listservefrom David Gadsden, an ESRI employee:


Every User Conference ESRI has a student volunteer program where students from all over the world with an interest in GIS spend the week in San Diego and help pull off the biggest GIS conference in the world.  This is typically an amazing experience for students both to participate in the conference and meet other volunteers from around the world from diverse cultural backgrounds. 


We would love to see more students from Tribes and Indigenous Communities in this program. Please share this link to the application with students in your communities with an interest in GIS.  Tosca Hoffman who is copied on this message helps coordinate this program.  Please direct any questions on the program to her.


Who (still) owns the world's forests?

From POLEX: CIFOR's Forest Policy Expert Listserver (via ppgis)


HTG takes complaint against Canada to international tribunal

By Krista Siefken - Cowichan News Leader and Pictorial

Published: October 24, 2008 3:00 PM
Updated: October 24, 2008 3:24 PM

The Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group is fed up with delayed treaty negotiations and watching development spring up on its traditional lands without its input.

In fact it’s so fed up, the group is taking its complaint against Canada to an international human rights commission in Washington, D.C.

The treaty group, which was formed in 1993 and negotiates on behalf of Cowichan Tribes and five other local bands, will travel south of the border for a Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearing Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.

“We’ve been working on it for a couple years now,” Robert Morales, chief negotiator with the treaty group, told the News Leader Pictorial Friday afternoon. “We just have not been able to get either Canada or B.C. to sit down and negotiate with us.”

The complaint, which is the first the commission has heard from indigenous peoples in Canada, also addresses the fact that 85 per cent of the Hul’qumi’num people’s traditional territory was privatized in the 1880s without consent at the time, and without compensation or discussion since.

“The continued development within the territory is impacting the Hul’qumi’num people’s ability to practice their culture and there’s been a dramatic increase in the rate of development, but we’ve had little opportunity to have a significant say in how it occurs in the territory,” said Morales.

To illustrate the cultural impact, Cowichan Tribes elder Arvid Charlie will speak before the commission next week, while all Hul’qumi’num chiefs will attend in full regalia to offer their support. The treaty group has also requested a suspension of real estate development and activity on the traditional lands until a “joint decision-making process” is established.

Morales said the treaty group is taking its complaint to an international commission rather than through Canadian courts because domestic court decisions are rarely “implemented in a significant way.”

“The decision to go to an international forum was one we considered for quite some time, but it’s the place where we can get the fairest hearing,” he added.

The Canadian government, meanwhile, could not be reached for comment by press time Friday afternoon.