CCIRA Indigenous Laws Project App Tour – Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nations

CCIRA Indigenous Laws Project App Tour – Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nations

For the Indigenous Mapping Workshop 2016, Rosie Child and Charles put this video together:

In the summer of 2015, Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nations joined the Indigenous Laws Project spearheaded by the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance. Funding was found to hire 5 KX community researchers to work with 3 lawyers and assorted records management experts. A secure web application was built to house the resulting interactive database, a “Digital Archive”, of Collections, Items, Places and Case Briefs. As of Fall 2016, more than 1900 KX Items have been cataloged and ‘tagged’ using 50 different research fields—such as title, author, era, LUP theme, sensitivity, location, etc. These Items include maps, letters, charts, interview transcripts, books, photographs, reports, paintings, and carvings. The Items are grouped into 40 Collections, and have been collated into 29 Case Briefs. In addition, 201 Places have been identified.

A brief tour of the App starts with…

  • An Items page for browsing the catalog (e.g. find all letters that refer to fishing camps)
  • A search page allows for search of all Items, indexing research fields and full text of uploaded files (pdf, doc)
  • An interactive map shows where all the named Places are located, and when drilling down into a Place, one can see a list of all Items and Briefs that refer to that Place

The Highlights of the Project are… We now have well trained community researchers able to do complex records management, file scanning, and basic legal review. The App is used daily by the community researchers. Items cataloged and Briefs researched have been used in a recent court case. Additionally, we have created a ‘school’ role in the App and allowed community students access for research projects.

For more information on the project, please contact Vern Brown or Rosie Child at Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nations.

SCGIS Conference Presentation

SCGIS Conference Presentation

In June 2016, Charles went to the Society of Conservation GIS Conference in Monterrey, California to speak about Cedar Box Apps. Scroll down to view the video of the talk. Or view the slides at

Marine stewardship in British Columbia is increasingly complex, contextualized by our First Nations? strong rights and title positions, and evolving co/management regimes. Small teams of fisheries managers, planners and technicians are being tasked with monitoring, assessment and planning tasks that would normally be the remit of well-staffed provincial departments. Over the last 10 years, First Nations stewardship managers have been searching for information systems that bring spatial analysis more efficiently and seamlessly into the day-to-day operations of all staff. Several decision-support systems have emerged using web-GIS technologies to address this challenge.Technically, these systems consist of: geodatabase back-ends (commonly PostGIS) and an HTML/JS/CSS front end, spatial libraries, and PHP or Python code. All of the systems do two key functions: (1) help to manage large cultural and ecosystem geodatabases, and (2) provide tools to mobilize the geo knowledge base in specific contexts such as: project/permit impact assessment, cumulative impacts assessment, compiling evidence to support legal cases. The geospatial analyses thus are varied: from proximity reports, to spatial modelling and visualization, to spatial key-phrase searches. Each system goes some way towards providing necessary efficiencies to stewardship office staff, but gaps remain. For example, the following features would be useful when incorporated: secure links to government databases, incorporating management tools outside of conservation (fee-simple lands, environmental management), mobilizing knowledge for schools, managing field survey data, and stewardship staff time-tracking and billing.

FYI: Also participating were ~20 young international scholars doing amazing work around the world:

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