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Call for Papers - Indigenous Peoples and Protected Areas: Conservation Through Self-Determination

03/22/2009 9:00 am
03/27/2009 9:00 pm

Call for Papers


Indigenous Peoples and Protected Areas: Conservation Through Self-Determination


Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers

Las Vegas, Nevada

March 22-27, 2009


Co-sponsored by the Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group, the Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) Specialty Group, and appropriate regional specialty groups


Session(s) organized and chaired by Stan Stevens, Associate Professor of Geography, Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 01003



Deadline to contact session chair with abstract: October 9, 2008

Conference registration and abstract deadline:  October 16, 2008


Papers are invited for an AAG session on the interwoven politics and political ecologies of Indigenous rights and protected area-based conservation. 


This is the sixth consecutive year that the Indigenous Specialty Group has sponsored and organized such sessions at the AAG annual meetings.


These sessions provide a continuing venue at the AAG for discussion of conservation, difference, and social justice and for analyses of the diverse political ecologies created by the establishment of protected areas by Indigenous peoples, states, and NGOs in Indigenous peoples' territories.


Participants in this year's session are invited to join previous participants in contributing theoretical and case study chapters to an edited book.


Both theoretical and case study contributions are welcome.  


I am particularly interested in papers on the following topics:


I.  New Paradigm Protected Areas. Establishment, operation, and effectiveness of inclusive, participatory, new paradigm protected areas.  These may include diverse types of protected areas in which Indigenous peoples' land use and participation in management is recognized. 


II. Critiques of Old Paradigm Protected Areas.  Analyses of coercively imposed exclusionary "wilderness" or Yellowstone-model protected areas and "fortress conservation" from the standpoints of violations of human/indigenous rights; displacement; loss of access to and/or management of natural resources, cultural resources, and cultural sites; accompanying changes in land/water use and management; and consequent ecological change.


III.  "Hand-backs," "Hand overs," and other Reconciliation and Restitution.  Case studies of redress, compensation, or restitution for past injustices against Indigenous peoples caused by the creation or management of protected areas.


IV.  False Representations of "Progressive" Protected Areas.  Analyses of protected areas which have inappropriately represented as participatory and community-based by states, intergovernmental agencies, or NGOs .


V.  Rights-Based Conservation.  Analyses of protected area governance and management in cases where this is explicitly based on recognition of constitutional, human, and/or Indigenous Rights.


Note on Protected Areas:  Under the term "protected areas" I include all forms of "conservation territories" managed or co-managed by states, communities, or private individuals and organizations.  Papers are welcome not only on inhabited national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife reserves and other forms of conservation areas which have been designated or recognized by states but also on all lands and waters which Indigenous peoples inhabit, use, and manage in ways which have conservation significance regardless of whether they have been formally declared protected areas by Indigenous peoples and other local communities or whether they have been recognized as protected areas by states or by international organizations.


Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada 2009: Call for Abstracts

02/20/2009 9:00 am
02/22/2009 5:00 pm

Following on last year’s successful conference, we invite you and your students to submit abstracts and attend the second Conference of Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada. Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada brings together researchers of geo-spatial information who live and work in Canada. Those of you who attended last year know that we had strong representation of participatory GIS research and practice (not surprising, considering the committee's long involvement in participatory GIS and critical GIS) and we hope to do so once again.

Become part of a community that shares our research and exposes our students to new ways of thinking spatially and using geographic information. Our goals include:

  • Having our student present in front of a Canadian GIS/Geomatics/geoweb research audience (last year, 2/3 of presenters were students!).
  • 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.
  • Provide mentorship opportunities for students and junior scholars.

The conference will be held February 20-22, 2009, once again in Fernie, BC.

Deadline for submitting abstracts and registering for the conference:
October 3, 2008

More information, abstract submission, and registration can be found at

We look forward to seeing you in Fernie!

Scott Bell, University of Saskatchewan
Renee Sieber, McGill University
Nadine Schuurman, Simon Fraser University


“It is a start to building a Canadian GIS academic community…”

“Great for students”

“…it has started the foundations for a Canadian GIS community”

“The number of experts available for feedback on our research is VERY valuable”

“A great first step towards a community”

“Conference was VERY successful, well done!!”

“Build it and they will come”

“I thought the conference was brilliant”

“Well done, super job!”

“A good experience. The opportunity to be exposed to the types of research being done in Canada was great”



Information and Communication Technology Summit

02/19/2009 10:00 am
02/22/2009 5:00 pm

Registration is now open for the First Nations Technology Council's 5th Annual Conference at

There is an early bird registration fee of $125 plus $75 for the First Nations Pre-Conference day (Feb. 19), which focuses on land, marine, resource and environmental health information management, including going forward to build the First Nations Shared Information Service, as well as an E-Health update. Please note: If FNTC is successful in securing more Conference funding, the registration fee will be refunded, together with any travel subsidies that are approved once your travel claim is reimbursed.

Our keynote speakers – Grand Chief Ed John and John McKnight from Northwestern University - will discuss how technology can support building strong communities, and how learning to do community asset mapping can identify resources you never realized exist in communities. Be part of building the $5m First Nations ICT Capacity Plan – capacity being defined as computer user skills, technician training and technical support.

Learn how to market your local goods to international markets; how you can become a rap or a rock star, or how to become a film producer.

Learn basic Records Management skills to help manage a resource that is as important as your human, financial or natural resources.

Learn how other communities are building capacity in their Community Learning Centres. Find out how a Biodiversity project is discovering traditional technologies that are very relevant today.

These are just some of the sessions being offered. There are still a couple of open sessions so if you have a project you’d like to present at the Conference, please contact us as soon as possible.


Map World Forum

02/10/2009 7:00 am
02/13/2009 7:00 pm
GIS Development is pleased to announce the dates of second Map World Forum scheduled for February 10 - 13, 2009 in Hyderabad, India. We will appreciate if you can post the press release on your website/ezine/publication and spread the word about the Global Congress where Geospatial Technologists will meet with experts from various other fields to deliberate on creating a Sustainable Planet Earth.