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AUGUST 20-23, 2018

Indigenous Mapping Workshop




AUGUST 20-23, 2018



We are pleased to announce the 5th annual Indigenous Mapping Workshop. The 2018 Indigenous Mapping Workshop will host more than 300 community mapping practitioners from across the world to Montreal, QC from August 20-23, 2018. The four-day conference will explore Google, Esri Canada, QGIS, Mapbox, OpenStreetMap, and other geospatial tools. Participants will learn how to use these tools to collect, host, visualize, share, and publish community generated data. The technical training will be co-led by The Firelight Group, Google Earth Outreach, Google’s Trainer Network, Esri Canada, Mapbox, and a global network of Indigenous mapping experts.



Over 35 hours of hands-on training provided for Google, Esri Canada, QGIS, Mapbox, and other geospatial tools



A dynamic mix of presentations by leading experts and community practitioners from across the world



Over 300 participants from hundreds of Indigenous Nations, universities, and organizations


Join us and plan your week at the #2018IMW in Montréal, Québec for the largest international Indigenous geospatial conference. Discover how Indigenous cartographers are transforming and inspiring geospatial technologies. Just to note, the schedule may change (there is just so much stuff we are trying to cram into 4-days!).


The Indigenous Mapping Workshop is proud to present passionate and talented speakers who use geospatial technologies in creative and innovative ways to promote Indigenous rights and interest. More speakers will be added in the coming weeks!

Dr. Rachel Olson is a citizen of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation from the Yukon territory. Since 1998, she has worked with Indigenous communities, working on various projects, from oral history, traditional land use and natural resource management to Indigenous health. Rachel is the technical lead of the Traditional Knowledge and Use Study team. Her work has focused on the impacts of resource development, including oil and gas, wind farms, and, on Indigenous community knowledge and use.

Dr. Rachel Olson

President, The Firelight Group

Colleen Cardinal-Hele is a Plains Cree adoptee from Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Alberta living in Ottawa. Colleen is a passionate Indigenous rights activist working as an addictions counsellor, community organizer, author, website developer, and videographer. Colleen is a key organizer with the Ottawa Bi Giwen Indigenous Adoptee Committee, a public speaker at Families of Sisters in Spirit, and is currently working on a documentary called The 60s Scoop: A Hidden Generation.

Colleen Cardinal-Hele


Denise Williams is Coast Salish from Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island. She is the Executive Director for the First Nations Technology Council. She is an advocate for social justice and has spent her career seeking out opportunities to play a role in the advancement of Indigenous sovereignty and social change. For the past ten years Denise has worked under the mandate of First Nations communities to address specific capacity building efforts in education and technology.

Denise Williams

Executive Director, First Nations Technology Council

Annita Lucchesi is a doctoral student at the University of Lethbridge, in the Cultural, Social, & Political Thought program. She earned her BA in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated Washington State University with her MA in American Studies. Her research interests include cartography, indigenous feminisms, postcolonial geographies, and restorative justice.

Annita Lucchesi

Doctoral Student, University of Lethbridge

Dale Spencer is Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. His main interests are violence, victimization, settler colonialism, Offenders, and Corrections (Routledge), Reimagining Intervention in Young Lives (UBC Press) and Ultimate Fighting and Embodiment (Routledge), and three edited volumes, Emotions Matter (University of Toronto Press), Fighting Scholars (Anthem), and Reconceptualizing Critical Victimology (Lexington).

Dale Spencer

Associate Professor, Carleton University

Moka Apiti is of Ngaati Te Wehi, Ngaati Hikairo, Ngaati Wairere, Te Whanau Apanui and Ngaati Porou whakapapa. Moka is the Director of Digital Navigators Ltd which specialises in providing quality GIS advice to iwi, haapu, and whanau. Moka has worked in the Treaty Negotiations Sector for close to 20 years and is passionate about sharing his expertise and experience working in Treaty Negotiations and Post-Treaty Settlement work to assist and empower iwi to achieve their own aspirations.

Moka Apiti

Director, Digital Navigators Ltd.

What is included?


Training Modules

Access to any of the Google, Esri, Mapbox, QGIS, OSM, and other training sessions


Plenary Sessions

Entry into over 40 keynote and participant presentations


Food and Beverages

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided to all participants


Welcome Feast

A ticket for the Welcome Feast to enjoy local food and entertainment



Access to a free, one-year ArcGIS Online license courtesy of Esri Canada


Training Materials

Access to all the training materials and datasets

MULTIPLE TICKETS: If you are registering and paying for more than one participant at a time, please select the appropriate number of tickets and fill out the ticket holder information for each participant as prompted, including dietary requirements and affiliation.

PAYMENT & REFUND POLICIES: Registration will not be confirmed until payment-in-full has been received and a receipt has been issued to the participant. Registration and payment is required by July 19, 2018; cash payments on-site will not be accepted. Payment must be made to Firelight Research Inc. (The Firelight Group). If an invoice is required before issuing payment, you must request one via email. The Firelight Group will refund registration fees upon written request received before July 1, 2018; however, a $125.00 CAD administration and processing fee will be retained. Due to the high demand of seats, no refunds will be issued for cancellations or no-shows will be issued after August 1, 2018. Substitutions for paid registrants may be made in writing without financial penalty. Any approved refunds will be issued after the conference. For more information, please contact us at info@indigenousmaps.com


The 2018 Indigenous Mapping Workshop will be held at Le Westin in Montreal, Quebec. Montreal is a convenient destination to get to, whether you are driving, taking the train, or flying. The Firelight Group has negotiated an IMW conference rate to make attending the 2018 Indigenous Mapping Workshop easy and affordable.

Le Westin
270 Saint-Antoine Ouest
Montreal, QC
H2Y 0A3

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@indigenousmaps.com

Le Westin


The 2018 Indigenous Mapping Workshop is made possible by our dedicate partners and sponsors.

the firelight group
google earth outreach
google earth outreach
University of Manitoba
google earth outreach
google earth outreach
google earth outreach
google earth outreach
google earth outreach
google earth outreach
google earth outreach
google earth outreach
google earth outreach
google earth outreach

Interested in partnering with us?


The Firelight Group
505-510 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC, V6B 1L8



(604) 563-2245


The Firelight Group
505-510 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1L8



(604) 563-2245