Correspondence

Letters from AMN members.

Bonjour from Paris

Hello Everybody,

This is my first posting to the AMN website. My name is Steven DeRoy and I am a former coordinator of the AMN. My partner Rachel Olson (also a former AMN coordinator) and I are currently living in Paris, France as she received an internship to work at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Most of her work is focussed on Indigenous Knowledge, whereas I am the lucky one who gets to be a stay at home dad with our 19 month old daughter Isabel.

I commend everybody at Ecotrust Canada for revamping the AMN website. I also encourage the network of practitioners to become active by submitting posts to the discussion forums. It is a great way to find out who is out there, where they are working, and what works or doesn't work. I will continue to monitor the website while living abroad, but hope to connect with some of you on a more substantial basis when we return to Canada in the spring.

All the best,
Steve

Hello from Lil'wat Nation

Hi Everyone,

I'm Tracy and I'm the GIS Program Manager for the Lil'wat Nation.  We are centered around Mount Currie, BC which is about 120kms northeast of Vancouver.  Our Traditional Territory is about 800,000 ha and we have a Band Membership of 1850 (as of 2005!).

We have been running our little GIS Program out of the Land & Resources Department of the Mount Currie Band Administration for  just over a year now.  We've had lots of successes and learned lots of lessons over the past 14 months. 

I think that the AMN has the potential to be an incredible resource for First Nations communities across Canada and indeed the world.  I'd love to see some collaborations between Nations to share resources especially in the areas of data collection, training and expertise. 

We are eager to share our resources, knowledge and experiences with other First Nations and encourage anyone to get in touch.  Please feel free to email me at tracy_howlett@lilwatnation.com.

Thanks,

Tracy Howlett
GIS Program Manager
Lil'wat Nation

Greetings from the Yukon

Hi folks

 We're the mapping office of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada.

 The mapping office assists in managing a Traditional Territory of around 60,000 sq km.  This mostly involves gathering, organising, and sharing information about land, resources, fish and wildlife to the First Nation and other government and community bodies.  We do GPS field work, cartography, and some database development work to this end.

 We're always on the lookout for better ways to do our work and share our knowledge, and we welcome any correspondence!  Email us at john.bryant@gov.trondek.com or give us a call at 867-993-7108.

 Mahsi cho!

Hi from MapsWest

Hi folks, Charles here from MapsWest in Victoria. We're a small planning & GIS consultancy. We use NativeMaps.org alot and had a part in the re-vamp.

You can learn more about us at mapswest.com. Currently we're banging out a set of 30 maps for the Tsawataineuk (Kingcome) First Nation Territorial Atlas. Fun!