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Conference of Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada

02/15/2008 7:00 am
02/17/2008 7:00 pm

The deadline is fast approaching to submit abstracts and register for the first Conference of Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada. Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada (SKI-Canada) seeks to create a community of GIS researchers who live and work in Canada. We invite abstracts on subjects such as:

   * GIS applications development and GIScience
   * Geomatics and geomatics engineering
   * Participatory GIS
   * GIS in public health and epidemiology
   * GIS in transportation
   * Planning Support Systems   
   * Digital Earth and geoweb
   * Geovisualization and cybercartography
   * Business geographics
   * Spatial statistics
   * Location based services
   * GIS and spatial modelling in the Earth Sciences
   * Urban simulation and modelling

The conference will provide our community an opportunity to share our research, to expose our students to different ways of thinking spatially and using geographic information, and to help sustain our national community. We hope to build cohesion and synergy among Canadian GIS/ Geomatics/geoweb researchers. We have several goals, some of which include:

   * Having our student present in front of a Canadian GIS/Geomatics/geoweb research audience.
   * 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.
   * Hear from and communicate to important non-GIS/Geomatics/geoweb groups (e.g., department heads, graduate deans, VPs research).
   * Provide mentorship opportunities for students and junior scholars.

The conference will be held February 15-17, 2008 in Fernie, BC. Our keynote for this first conference will be Michael Goodchild, noted researcher of GIScience.

We will be following the UCGIS model for the conference. Rapid presentations in the afternoon/evening and social networking on the slopes in the morning!

The deadline for submitting abstracts and registering for the conference: October 5, 2007

Information about abstract submission and registration can be found at Note that registration INCLUDES dinner for two nights.


Mapping First Nations Land Use and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

02/13/2008 5:30 pm
02/13/2008 7:30 pm

Vancouver GIS Users Group
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Speaker: Bryan McPherson, GIS Coordinator, Musqueam Indian Band

Bryan will discuss the steps involved in creating a GIS data warehouse that incorporates cultural, heritage and traditional use information. The presentation provides a look at the techniques used in the 2D representation of pre-contact conditions, historic landscape changes, and modern land use conditions for First Nations lands. Visualization of traditional lands and proposed use sites for community planning purposes will be presented. Bryan will also discuss options in creating a web-based open source GIS for mapping traditional use resources.


Bryan McPherson is a GIS Coordinator for the Treaty, Lands and Resources Department of the Musqueam Indian Band. He has 10 years experience working with GIS, including contracts with the U.S. Air Force and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and is a graduate of the Sir Sandford Fleming College GIS Program in Ontario.

Meeting Information:

The Vancouver GIS Users Group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm. from September to May at the Dunsmuir Auditorium, BC Hydro office tower, 333 Dunsmuir.


A Geographic - Historical Perspective Behind The Recent Tsilhqot'in Supreme Court Decision

02/07/2008 2:30 pm
02/07/2008 3:30 pm

Dr. Ken Brealey,
7 February, 2:30-3:30pm,
University of Victoria Room MAC D110.

Dr. Brealey:

Hosted by UVic Geography Dept and the Indigenous Geography Studies Group.
For more information contact John Newcomb


Inuit Leader to Speak on Arctic Issues

02/03/2008 3:00 pm
02/03/2008 5:00 pm

The best way to assert Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic is through the residents who live there according to the head of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK).

Mary Simon (left), president of the ITK, will be at the University of Calgary on February 5 as part of her national speaking tour. The Inuit leader, whose talk is sponsored by Arctic Institute of North America, has embarked on the tour in order to make Canadians aware of the contemporary issues faced by people in the North such as climate change, sovereignty and the economy.

“Our concept of asserting Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic goes well beyond the much needed military and legal measures anticipated and recently announced by the Government of Canada,” says Simon. “My purpose in speaking to Canadians in all provinces and territories is to make the case that the best way to assert Canadian sovereignty in the region is through its residents. The Inuit approach to asserting sovereignty is holistic and calls for the development of healthy people and healthy communities alongside the military and legal measures.”

Simon says that the huge gaps in health, education and housing between the Inuit and the rest of Canada must be addressed. She would like to see policies put in place which will build thriving communities and provide for economic growth in a long-term, sustainable manner.

Everyone is welcome to this free talk.

Who: Mary Simon, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

What: Inuit and the Canadian Arctic: Sovereignty Begins at Home

Where: Husky Oil Great Hall, Rozsa Centre

When: 3 pm, February 5, 2008

For an interview with Mary Simon:
Stephen Hendrie, Senior Communications Office, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Cell: 613 277-3178 Email:

For more information on Mary Simon’s visit:
Ruth Klinkhammer, Director of Communications, (403) 220-7294