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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


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.

Denise Williams

Executive Director
First Nations Technology Council

Denise is Coast Salish from Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island. 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. She has worked to gain experience at the federal, provincial and local levels and has enjoyed using a genuine approach to collaboration and partnership development to build strong networks across organizations.

Colleen Cardinal

Co-Founder and Coordinator
National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network

Colleen Hele-Cardinal is co-founder and Coordinator of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network. With the Network, she has successfully organized three national Indigenous Adoptee Gatherings in 2014, 2015, and 2017. She speaks publicly and candidly about murdered and missing Indigenous women and the impacts of the 60’s Scoop, drawing critical connections between genocidal colonial child welfare removal policies and her lived experiences and those of women in her family. She believes that sharing her story is an important part of her healing journey in addition to raising awareness and building solidarity and understanding within Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. She is the author of the much-anticipated Ohpikiihaakan-ohpihmeh (Raised somewhere else): A 60s Scoop Adoptee’s Story of Coming Home, which is forthcoming from Rosewood Press in June 2018. Colleen is the proud mother of four grown children and enjoys spending all her free time with her grandchildren.

Annita Lucchesi

Doctoral Student
University of Lethbridge

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. Her dissertation work brings critical indigenous cartography and feminist studies together, by examining the ways in which maps can help us to better understand the international issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and the movement to honor them and bring them to safety. Annita also serves as a consultant, policy advocate, and community organizer on issues of violence against indigenous women, and incarceration of indigenous people. Annita is a Southern Cheyenne descendant, and her ancestors traditionally made their home in northeastern Colorado and southern Wyoming. Her Indian name is Hetoevėhotohke’e, which translates to Evening Star Woman.

Steve DeRoy

Director, GIS Lead
The Firelight Group

Steve is Anishinabe/Saulteaux and a member of the Ebb and Flow First Nation from Manitoba. He is a director and past president of the Firelight Group. Since 1998, Steve has worked as a researcher and professional cartographer / geographic information systems (GIS) specialist, primarily with Aboriginal groups in North America. Steve provides project management, senior advisory and technical support for traditional knowledge and use studies; social, economic and health studies; land use planning; treaty land entitlement; and natural resource management. The other aspect of his work is to promote the transfer of knowledge by facilitating hands-on technical training and mentorship with First Nation practitioners. He has facilitated workshops in communities and presented at numerous conferences.

Inez Shiwak

‘My Word’: Storytelling and Digital Media Lab

Inez Shiwak was born and raised in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador. Proud of her Inuit heritage, Inez has worked in a number of positions in her community that promote connection to and preservation of culture and heritage, including as a member of the Heritage Committee. Inez currently leads the ‘My Word’: Storytelling and Digital Media Lab in Rigolet, where she leads community-based participatory processes to conduct research on a variety of research topics including climate change, cultural preservation, youth mentorship and resilience, food and water security, and contaminants. She is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and is known across the North as an Inuit research leader.

Daniel Gillis

Associate Professor
University of Guelph

Daniel is an Associate Professor and Statistician in the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph (UG), and Director of the Physical Science & Engineering Education Centre. He has spent the bulk of his training and career working on multidisciplinary teams, which have focused on public health assessment and natural resource management. His work includes collaborative projects with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada, Health Canada, Environment Canada, B.C. Cancer Agency, the Government of Brazil, the SON, McGill University, Laurentian University, and numerous departments within the UG including Integrative Biology, Cell Biology, the O.V.C.™s Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Engineering.

Jason Ernst

RightMesh Project

Jason holds a PhD in the field of Mesh Networking and Heterogeneous Wireless Networks as well as a M.Sc. on Scheduling Techniques for Wireless Mesh Networks, both from the Applied Computing faculty at the University of Guelph. Jason has more than 20 published papers on wireless networks, cognitive agents, FPGAs, and soft-computing topics and has presented his research at international conferences around the world. Prior to joining Left, Jason was the CTO of Redtree Robotics, which designed robots that made use of multiple radio technologies to ensure pervasive connectivity to each other and their operators.

Moka Apiti

Digital Navigators Ltd.

Moka 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 has had a long history working with Maori and indigenous communities internationally on a variety of kaupapa in various roles as: Chair, Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo, Google Earth Outreach Trainer, Google, Mapping Facilitator, Crown Forest Rental Trust, Chair, Te Kahui Manu Hokai – the National Māori GIS Association, Director, Te Potiki National Trust, Director, HistoryWorks Ltd, GIS Advisor, US Agency for International Development.

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Limited seats available.

Join us for 4-days of lectures and hands-on training by leading geospatial practitioners.

Registration for the Indigenous Mapping Workshop is $500.00 CAD.
Due to the limited number of seats and high demand, interested participants must apply to attend the 2018 Indigenous Mapping Workshop. Successful applicants will be invited to register to the workshop. Please note that priority is given to Indigenous community members, organizations, and governments. Registration includes all scheduled Training Sessions, Keynotes, Caffeine Breaks, Daily Lunches, Trade Show Access, Welcome Feast, Map Gallery, and Networking Events.

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