Capacity Building As Empowerment

The Firelight Group and its partners are proud to present the largest international geospatial conference for Indigenous governing bodies and communities on Indigenous-led geospatial research


The Indigenous Mapping Workshop is an annual 4-day event that provides geospatial training and opportunities for Indigenous leadership, agencies, and communities. Participants learn geospatial tools and methods that they can use to collect, host, visualize, share, and publish community-generated spatial data. Sessions explore current and relevant themes, such as traditional knowledge use and use studies, environmental monitoring, land use planning, negotiations, health, and inter-generational knowledge transfer.


We are dedicated to the development and advancement of culturally appropriate and inclusive geospatial technologies, research, and education for Indigenous leadership, agencies, and communities. Our work focuses on the generation and dissemination of decolonized resources in Geographical Information Sciences, their integration and application, to preserve and promote Indigenous rights and interests.



We have become the largest Indigenous geospatial network in the world with the dedication of our partners, sponsors, and communities.





What we do

We provides geospatial training and capacity building to bring culturally relevant and appropriate earth observation technologies to support Indigenous mapping


Indigenous Pedagogy

All training sessions and materials reference to and teach about Indigenous ideology, community, culture, and relationships with the land


Geospatial Technology

The provision geospatial of training courses and materials designed specifically for Indigenous leadership, agencies, and communities


Community Engagement

Indigenous communities, organizations, and governments  are directly engaged in all facets of programming to create and realize Indigenous futures


Professional Development

Geospatial training that responds to the changing educational landscape that recognizes the needs of Indigenous communities, organizations, and governments


Geospatial Support

The promotion of high-quality, productive methods, knowledge exchanges, and technologies to support Indigenous rights and interests


Decolonial Practices

The promotion of Indigenous knowledge within Geographical Information Sciences through the decolonization of Western knowledge and practices 


Here are some common questions about the Indigenous Mapping Workshop.

Who should attend the workshop?

The Indigenous Mapping Workshop is for members of, or people working directly with, Indigenous communities or organizations; decision-makers and mapping or technology specialists; those who demonstrate interest and ability to implement and make effective use of spatial technology within their community; and those who are currently working on mapping projects, or are planning mapping projects in their communities.

Is training offered in languages other than English?

The Indigenous Mapping Workshop training and presentations will be conducted only in English. All participants should be able to speak and understand English. We are working on different language availabilities for future Indigenous Mapping Workshop events. If you are interested in helping us with curriculum translation, please contact us at

How is the Indigenous Mapping Workshop funded?

The Indigenous Mapping Workshop is funded by our generous partners and sponsors. If your organization is interested in partnering or sponsoring the next Indigenous Mapping Workshop, please contact our sponsorship team to get more information.

What are the accommodations for the event?

Attendees are responsible for booking their own transportation and lodging (if needed). The Indigenous Mapping Workshop team has secured a hotel block at a discounted rate. The hotel information, price, and block code will be sent to accepted participants. If you have any other questions, please contact us if you have any questions.

How much does the workshop cost?

The Indigenous Mapping Workshop costs CAD$400.00. There are a limited number of seats for workshop attendees. Those interested in the workshop must apply and confirm acceptance into the workshop before making travel arrangements.

Do I have to participate all four days?

Apart from organizers, trainers, speakers, and press, participants who attend the Indigenous Mapping Workshop are expected to participate for all four days due to the limited seats and high demand of participation.

Do I need to have a background in GIS?

The Indigenous Mapping Workshop offer different training streams for each of the tools, from beginner to advance. We seek to create accessible programming for all levels and experiences. If you have any concerns or would like to know what to expect at the workshop, please feel free to contact us. We would be more than happy to help you out!

What special needs are avaiable?

Please contact us no later than July 31st, 2018 to request services or other accommodations for special needs. If you have dietary restrictions, please be sure to mark them in detail on the space provided on the application form when you register.

Still have questions?


The Firelight Group 505-510 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1L8
(604) 563-2245

2018 Indigenous Mapping Workshop: Support



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