Please note that the workshop agenda is a work-in-progress and is subject to change.

Tuesday July 28th

8-9am: Registration and breakfast

9-9:30am Welcome and introduction

9:30-10am: Our shared spacesRod Whitlow, Chiefs of Ontario

10-10:30am: You show me yours: a litigator's perspective on indigenous mapping—Cathy Guirguis and Senwung Luk, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

10:30-10:45am: Coffee break

10:45-11:30am: Panel Presentations, facilitated by the Firelight Group
  • Wiikwemkoong unceded territory-mapping our future, remembering our past—John Manitowabi,  Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve
  • Not an empty wasteland—Lynn Peplinski, Inuit Heritage Trust
  • The historical atlas of First Nations in Manitoba—Darren Courchene, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba
  • Q&A
11:30-12:30pm: Lunch

12:30-1pm: Introduction to Indigenous mapping with Google
Presenter: Raleigh Seamster, Google Earth Outreach
In this session we’ll give an overview of how indigenous communities have been using Google mapping tools to collect and visualize their data.

1-3pm: Tools for traditional land use & occupancy mapping: Direct-to-Digital Mapping with Google Earth
Presenters: Steve DeRoy, the Firelight Group and Raleigh Seamster, Google Earth Outreach
This session will cover how to use Google Earth to map places of cultural importance discussed during a field interview. Participants will learn the basics of how to use Google Earth - a 3D virtual globe — and how to create all the basic feature types for mapping sites of significance during a field interview: points, lines, and polygons, and image overlays using the direct-to-digital method. Then participants will practice new skills by building a cultural map layer through a field interview with one of your classmates.

3-3:30pm: Coffee break

3:30-5pm:  Tools for traditional land use & occupancy mapping: Making and sharing your maps 
Presenters: Christiaan Adams and Raleigh Seamster, Google Earth Outreach
This session will build on the direct-to-digital method taught earlier in the day. Participants will learn how to style and add to the richness of your map through multimedia, custom icons, legends and logos; and we’ll discuss sharing and presentation techniques.

5pm: Closing for the day

Wednesday July 29

8-8:45am: Breakfast

9-9:15am: Opening prayers

9:15-10am: Using GIS to inform First Nation decision making processesCheryl Recollet, Wahnapitae First Nation

10-10:15am: Coffee break

10:15-11am: Panel Presentations, facilitated by the Firelight Group
  • Mapping the northern gateway pipeline—Ann Chen, Public Labs
  • Participatory mapping in Nunavut—Gita Ljubicic, Carleton University
  • Guardian watchman data capture processes—Lara Hoshizaki, Coastal Stewardship Program
  • Q&A
11-11:30am: Lightning round

11:30-12:30pm: Lunch

12:30-2:30pm: Tools for traditional land use & occupancy mapping: Managing your map data in Google Earth
Presenters: Christiaan Adams, Google Earth Outreach; Brian Thom, University of Victoria; and Steve DeRoy, the Firelight Group 
This session will teach participants how to visualize in Google Earth various types of datasets such as historical maps, shapefiles, GPS data and raster images. The tools covered during this session will include Google’s professional software Google Earth Pro, which is now available for free.

2:30-3pm: Coffee break

3-4:30pm: Tools for environmental monitoring: Open Data Kit as a field data collection tool
Presenter: Raleigh Seamster, Google Earth Outreach
This session will cover how to collect geospatial information about the natural world while in the field and sync it to a map, using Android mobile devices and the Open Data Kit tool suite.

4:30-5pm: Lightning round

5pm: Closing for the day

6-8pm: Welcome dinner

Thursday July 30

8-8:45am: Breakfast

9-9:15am: Opening prayers


9:45-10:30am: Panel Presentations, facilitated by the Firelight Group
  • Direct-to-digital mapping: Using interactive projectors to collect and visualize data—Delta Flood, Matachewan First Nation
  • Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation land use plan—Edward Vystrcil, Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation
  • TBA—Phil Monture, Amy Lickers, and Tanya Henhawk
  • Q&A
10:30-10:45am: Coffee break

10:45-11:30am: Lightning round

11:30-12:30pm: Lunch

12:30-2pm: Breakout sessions (choose one)

 Track Tools for traditional land use & occupancy mapping track Tools for environmental monitoring track Tools for inter-generational knowledge transferTools for adding to Google base maps track
 SessionQGIS Part 1: Loading, querying, styling and labelling features in QGIS

Presenter: Donovan Cameron, Saulteau First Nations
ODK Part 1: Building field survey forms


Presenter: Raleigh Seamster, Google Earth Outreach
Tour Builder & storytelling



Presenters: Christiaan Adams and Vanessa Schneider, Google Earth Outreach
DIY Aerial Mapping and Photography: Public Lab and Community-Driven Science and Data Collection

Presenters: Ann Chen, Public Lab
 DescriptionDuring this session, participants will learn how to load raster and vector data into QGIS for querying, styling and labelling in preparation for a Traditional Land Use Study. During this session, participants will learn about two tools - ODK Build and XLSforms - to build their own field data collection survey forms for ODK.
This session will teach participants how to tell interactive stories about places of cultural significance with Tour Builder, an easy-to-use mapping tool, popular with educators for classroom use.During this session, participants will be exposed to innovative approaches to collecting their own imagery, and integrating it onto their maps

2-2:30pm: Coffee break

2:30-4pm: Breakout sessions

 Track Tools for traditional land use & occupancy mapping track Tools for environmental monitoring track Tools for inter-generational knowledge transferTools for adding to Google base maps track
 SessionQGIS Part 2: Creating and editing data in QGIS

Presenter: Donovan Cameron, Saulteau First Nations
ODK Part 2: How to set up your ODK Project

Presenters: Raleigh Seamster, Google Earth Outreach and Jeffrey Hackett, the Firelight Group
My Maps and map-making with young people

Presenter: Brian Thom, University of Victoria
Satellite, Aerial and Street View Imagery in Google Earth & Maps

Presenters: Christiaan Adams and Vanessa Schneider, Google Earth Outreach
 DescriptionIn Part 2 of the QGIS workshop, participants will learn the basics of creating and editing their own features. There will also be an introduction to Plugins, the Processing Toolbox and Modeler, and the Print Composer for cartographic map composition

In Part 2 of the ODK workshop, participants will learn how to host their monitoring project and data on ODK Aggregate, and learn about other hosting solutions. 

This deep dive will cover best practices and tools for leading a mapping project that provides opportunities for generations to connect and engage through mapping and storytelling.

Do you want higher resolution or more recent imagery in Google Earth and Maps, in the area where you work? In the first half of this session, you'll learn how you can request images to be updated. Google licenses imagery from several imagery providers, and we will teach you how you can search the catalogs yourself, in order to help us update the imagery in the areas where you work. In the second half of the session, we’ll explain Google’s Street View project, and teach participants how they can collect and add their own 360-degree panoramic imagery to Google Maps/Earth.

4:10-4:30pm: Closing session

4:30pm: Closing of workshop