November 16-18, 2020

Virtual Indigenous Mapping Workshop
Registration is closed


Introducing the very first Virtual Indigenous Mapping Workshop. For the first time ever, IMW participants can develop their skills, with cutting edge geospatial technologies, from anywhere around the globe. Learn to redefine Indigenous landscapes from Indigenous mapping experts. Develop hands-on skills from leading industry professionals including Esri, Google, NASA, Mapbox and more. Join the Indigenous Mapping Collective and have unprecedented access to all IMW course materials and exclusive new content posted throughout the year.


Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Indigenous Mapping Workshop. We have been astounded by the interest in our first virtual event. Unfortunately, we have closed registration due to meeting our participant limit. If you have any questions, please reach out to our team.



Over 100 technical training sessions from Google, Esri Canada, QGIS, Mapbox, and other technology partners



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



Over 500 participants from Indigenous Nations and organizations, universities, government, and private sector




November 16-18, 2020 | FREE EVENT

The 2020 Virtual Indigenous Mapping Workshop is FREE for all participants. Over the year, we have have worked on new approaches to enhance and expand our geospatial capacity development opportunities for Indigenous Nations and organizations. With the 2020 Indigenous Mapping Workshop, we are excited to launch the Indigenous Mapping Collective. The Indigenous Mapping Collective is the indigenized space for Indigenous geospatial technology, training, and community. Members will have exclusive access to Indigenous mapping content, workshops, live and self-paced courses, speaker series, and tools. Join us in building our new community!

Mapping is about identity and maps are a really powerful tool for being able to convey your place on the earth. The power of the cartographer is  to decide what goes on to the map and what gets excluded from the map. For far too long Indigenous Peoples have been excluded from the map. The whole idea of the Indigenous Mapping Workshop is really about demarcating the map and being able to reclaim space while designing maps that are more culturally relevant and have Indigenous identity.

Steve DeRoy

Founder, Indigenous Mapping Workshop



The Indigenous Mapping Workshop is proud to present passionate and talented speakers and trainers from around the world who use geospatial technologies in creative and innovative ways to promote Indigenous rights and interest.


Dr. Cynthia Annett

Research Associate Professor
Kansas State University


Moka Apiti

Digital Navigators


James Ashton

Geomatics Manager
Agriculture Agri-Food Canada


Derek Bogdan

GIS Analyst
Agriculture Agri-Food Canada


Marena Brinkhurst

Community Map Team


Jen Castro

Programme Coordinator
Digital Democracy


Dr. Jon Corbett

Associate Professor
University of British Columbia Okanagan

Steve DeRoy

The Firelight Group

Nolan Flegel

Geomatics Cloud Technician
Agriculture Agri-Food Canada


Aaron Franks

Senior Manager for OCAP® and Information Governance
First Nations Information Governance Council


Jeff Hackett

Capacity Development Manager
The Firelight Group


Jessica Hak Hepburn

GIS Analyst
The Firelight Group


Brent Hall

Director, Education and Research
Esri Canada


Paul Heersink

Production Manager
Esri Canada’s Community Maps Program


Rudo Kemper

Earth Defenders Toolkit & Programs
Digital Democracy


Annita Lucchesi

Executive Director
Sovereign Bodies Institute

Gregor MacLennan

Technology Manager
Digital Democracy


Amber McCullum

Capacity Building Specialist
NASA Ames Research Center


Tamara Rounce

Senior Geomatics Analysis Specialist
Agriculture Agri-Food Canada


Dr. Rachel Olson

The Firelight Group


Tara Rush

Admin Business Partner
Google Canada

Dr. Stephanis Russo Carroll

Assistant Professor; Associate Director, Native Nations Institute
University of Arizona

Susie Saliola

Education Research Analyst
Esri Canada

Cindy Schmidt

Associate Program Manager
NASA Research Centre

Raleigh Seamster

Senior Program Manager
Google Earth Outreach

Lauren Tekano

GIS Specialist
The Firelight Group


Leonard Tipewan

Executive Director


Jonathan Van Dusen

Higher Education Developer/Analyst 
Esri Canada



The Indigenous Mapping Workshop is proud to present our team of mapping and GIS trainers. Our trainers are industry professionals who work with geospatial technologies on a daily basis. Whether you are a seasoned expert or a newcomer, our trainers are here to guide you. Stay tuned for more trainers that will be added in the upcoming weeks!











The #2020IMW is possible because of our generous partners.

Interested in Partnering?


The Firelight Group
Suite 612, 100 Park Royal
West Vancouver, British Columbia
V7T 1A2

(778) 851-0264


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