Letters from AMN members.


Hello all,

My name is Chris Paci. I am currently on contract with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Education, Culture and Employment. I have worked mostly with Dene governments. In the past I have sat on the Arctic Council for Arctic Athabascan Council and was faculty at the University of Northern BC. Looking forward to chatting with you and learning more about the site.


First Nations Traditional/Occupational Land Use

Tansi / Good Afternoon:

My name is William Dunn..

I live in Thompson, Manitoba. I am a Technical Services Advisor for the Keewatin Tribal Council. 

Our Tribal Council member Nations are as follows:

  1. Barren Lands - Brochet, MB
  2. Bunnibonibee - Oxford House, MB
  3. Fox Lake - Fox Lake, MB
  4. God's Lake Narrows - God's Lake Narrows, MB
  5. Manto Sipi - God's River, MB
  6. Northlands - Lac Brochet, MB
  7. Sayisi Dene - Tadoule Lake, MB
  8. Shamattawa - Shamattawa, MB
  9. Tataskweyak - Split Lake, MB
  10. War Lake - Ilford, MB
  11. York Factory - York Landing, MB

When you locate these First Nations on your maps you will notice that our Tribal Council encompasses nearly 1/2 the Province of Manitoba.

The current project I am working on involves a comprehensive look at the Traditional Lands of our people. Several Studies/Surveys have been done  in the past, but for the most part, are not expansive enough in scope for such an important document. Our Elderly population is rapidly diminishing as many have fallen asleep in death, and so we are losing our most valuable, primary resource at an alarming rate. Thus, I need to amass a great deal of information in rapid order without compromising on accuracy, or overlooking even the minutest  detail. This is a project that I have taken on at my own expense, both time and money, and I have already spent hundreds of hours and dollars, so assistance in the form of guidance, experiences, ideas, pitfalls,  etc., is welcome. I look forward to keeping up updated of my progress.


William Dunn

Hi from Finland!

Hi everyone!

I just joined in AMN few days ago after finding a link to the site on another website concerning indigenous affairs. I was really excited about this discovery! So let me introduce myself: My name is Virva and I'm archaeologist from Finland. Through my profession I have become very interested in GIS and eventually went to UK to study it for a year (2004-2005). My professional interest is in use of space and subsistence settlement systems, in other words inter- and intra-site studies. I have some but not much work experience in GIS, but am eager to learn more and update my knowledge in it. In addition to GIS, I have long been interested in indigenous affairs. So goes without saying that I nearly dropped my eyes finding this site! I really look forward to contribute to AMN and getting know you.

Best wishes,

Virva Lompolo

Hello from Agassiz


I just joined this network, which I found while I was looking for information about the BC Albers projection. It looks like an interesting place to talk GIS.

I am a soil scientist, who uses GIS daily to map soils in BC. I don't do much analysis right now, but I do a fair bit of editing.