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Learn from leaders who are transforming Indigenous mapping research

Dr. Ginger Gibson

Director, IBA Team Lead, The Firelight Group

Dr. Ginger Gibson is a Director of the Firelight Group. She works predominantly on the negotiation and implementation of Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs). She is the co-author of the IBA Community Toolkit for Negotiation of Impact and Benefit Agreements. As a Trudeau Scholar, she completed a PhD in Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia and is now an Adjunct Professor there.

Dr. Rachel Olson

Director, TUS Team Lead, The Firelight Group

Rachel is a citizen of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation from the Yukon territory. She has been a researcher in First Nation communities since 1998, working on various projects, from oral history, traditional land use and natural resource management to First Nations health issues. She has a Master of Research in Social Anthropology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. In May 2013, Rachel completed a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex, looking at the politics of midwifery care and childbirth in Manitoba First Nations communities. At Firelight, Rachel is a technical lead of The Firelight Group’s Traditional Knowledge and Use Study team.

Marc Dunn

Environment Director, Niskamoon Corporation

Marc Dunn has worked for over 10 years in Eeyou Istchee, Qc, for the Cree Nation of Quebec as Environment Director for Niskamoon Corporation, a non-profit organization mandated to manage the relationship between communities and Hydro-Québec, Canada’s largest public utility. Prior to this, Marc has worked on various projects with the Cree Nation Government of Quebec, the Miskitu Nation of Honduras, the Mapuche Nation of Chile/Argentina the Guna Nation of Panama. In the process, he has developed countless maps and has been extremely fortunate to learn from some of the most knowledgeable hunters, trappers and fishers on the planet.

Arden Ogg

Director, Cree Literacy Network

Arden Ogg is an editor, linguist and Cree language advocate who founded the Cree Literacy Network in 2010 to help build connections between Cree speakers, students and teachers. The Cree Literacy Network is committed to pursuing the vision of the late Dr Freda Ahenakew, promoting standard spelling as an essential key to Cree language education and revitalization. As a descendant of Scottish settlers, Arden is especially proud of her informal adoption into the Greyeyes/Ahenakew family of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation that has encouraged her to walk in both worlds.

Steve DeRoy

Director, GIS and Mapping Team 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.

Eldred Allen

Owner and Director, Bird’s Eye Inc.

Eldred Allen is the co-founder, Director, and certified Pilot-In-Command of Bird’s Eye Inc., a 100% Inuit owned and operated business offering professional Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) services in Nunatsiavut, northern Labrador. His responsibilities include Pilot-In-Command (PIC), data capture and processing, maintenance and operations and safety management.  Eldred’s background includes enforcement services, environmental and wildlife monitoring, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and most recently entrepreneur.

Moka Apiti

Director, Digital Navigators Ltd.

Moka Apiti affiliates to Ngāti Hikairo, Ngāti Te Wehi, Ngāti Wairere, Ngāti Porou and Te Whanau a Apanui from Aotearoa, New Zealand. Moka currently works as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consultant and has worked in the GIS sector for the past two decades.   He is the Managing Director of Digital Navigators Ltd which provides GIS and mapping services and consultancy to iwi and Indigenous communities.  Moka is passionate about supporting and empowering iwi and Indigenous communities to achieve their own aspirations through the use of geospatial technologies and the integration of Indigenous knowledge systems. Moka is the Chairman and Treaty Claims Manager for Te Runanganui of Ngati Hikairo, a Technical Advisor for Waikato Tainui on the Iwi Leaders Data Forum, and the Technical Advisor for Te Arawa, Te Tairawhiti and Te Taitokerau for the Maori Land Service Project, a member of the Advisory Group for the Wintec Centre of Business, Information, Technology and Enterprise and works with Massey University to deliver GIS workshops as part of the Puhoro Academy STEM programme. Moka is a Google Earth Outreach Trainer and has held roles as the Chair of Te Kaahui Manu Hookai – the National Maori GIS Association, a Director of HistoryWorks Ltd, a Director of Te Potiki Trust, and was a GIS Advisor for the US Agency for International Development stationed in Iraq in 2008.

James Roach

Land Use Planning Coordinator, National Aboriginal Land Managers Association

James Roach, MCIP, RPP, recently joined NALMA as the Land Use Planning Coordinator. Previously, he was responsible for the day to day operations of Lands Management and Community Planning for Batchewana First Nation. In addition, he sat as vice-chair for the Ontario Aboriginal Lands Association assisting in lands related matters. James is a member of Batchewana First Nation which is adjacent to Sault Ste. Marie, ON. He holds a Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University, a Diploma in Urban Planning and G.I.S. from Mohawk College and a Certificate in Indigenous Peoples Resource Management from the University of Saskatchewan. James’ areas of expertise include community planning and engagement, economic and sustainable development, lands management and developing strategic partnerships.

Graeme Sandy

Survey Project Manager, National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association

Graeme Sandy has been with NALMA for three years as the Survey Program Manager. He is from the Cayuga Nation at the Six Nations of the Grand River territory and has been involved with Land Surveying for many years. He finds the field quite interesting as it encompasses a wide variety of roles and skills to complete a project. He has experience in many aspects of the process from survey instrument man to managing a survey office. Graeme finds the surveying profession to be very exciting and especially enjoys meeting people from different regions of Canada.

Bruce Maclean

Community-Based Monitoring Coordinator, Mikisew Cree First Nation

Bruce Maclean, of Maclean Environmental Consulting, has an extensive background in field sampling and monitoring, as well as experience in habitat restoration and environmental education. He currently directs the Community Based Monitoring Program for the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation as a consultant, as well as coordinates environmental research and consultation related to monitoring with both Nations. He holds a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Manitoba and over 15 years of experience working with Indigenous peoples on environmental monitoring, education, and consultation. Bruce has also sat on the board of MiningWatch Canada for a decade.

Kate Kempton

Partner, OKT Law

Kate Kempton is a partner with OKT. She has a diverse practice, serving Aboriginal clients in negotiations and litigation, in areas of Aboriginal and treaty rights, environmental law, IBAs and commercial transactions, energy and mining law, administrative law, issues facing reserves and Indian Act matters. She works with and advises Aboriginal clients in reassertion of inherent sovereignty, inherent governance, and international law. Kate has successfully litigated defences against harvesting charges, constitutional challenges to legislation, injunctions to prevent unilateral third-party development, tort and treaty claims. She has also successfully negotiated and concluded, on behalf of clients, major economic development and commercial ownership transactions, and a number of impact-benefit, mining exploration, interim measures, forestry and energy related and other types of agreements. Kate has been selected annually by her peers for inclusion in directories of leading lawyers in the area of Aboriginal Law, including The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Best Lawyers in America and in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. Kate is a member of the Ontario bar and the Manitoba bar.

Raleigh Seamster

Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach

Raleigh helps nonprofits and indigenous communities use Google’s tools to visualize their data, create their own maps and tell their stories. She has been at Google for 8 years. Before life at Google, Raleigh managed international exchange programs at the nonprofit American Councils for International Education in Washington, DC, taught English and trained teachers as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and studied cultural anthropology at James Madison University in Virginia.

Jason Batise

Executive Director, Wabun Tribal Council

Jason Batise is a member of Matachewan First Nation, located within Treaty 9 in north-eastern Ontario. He began his career working at the Detour Lake mine. He joined the Wabun Tribal Council 27 years ago. Wabun Tribal Council is a community-driven organization, serving 5 First Nations (Brunswick House, Chapleau Ojibwe, Flying Post, Matachewan, Mattagami First Nation) with health, education, and resource-development services. Through his career, he has worked in economic development and technical services, and recently became Executive Director. Jason has been instrumental for overseeing infrastructure and capital project development. Also, he has provided expertise with planning and policy development at local, provincial and federal levels in the areas of education, as well as resource and economic development. He is responsible for negotiating major resource development agreements in areas of forestry, hydro, cannabis and mining.

Diane MacDonald

Executive Director, Ya’thi Néné Land and Resource Office

Diane is a member of the Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation in northern Saskatchewan. As the Executive Director of the Ya’thi Néné Land and Resource Office, she serves the Athabasca Basin communities in protecting residents’ culture and Aboriginal and Treaty Rights by making decisions about the land, water, air and natural resources in the region. For nearly 20 years, Diane’s focus has been on promoting and enhancing the environmental, social, economic, and cultural well-being of current and future Athabasca residents.

Donovan Cameron

GIS Advisor, Saulteau First Nations, Treaty and Lands Department

Donovan will be traveling from North Eastern British Columbia to facilitate the QGIS and GRASS GIS workshops! He’s been working with Geographic Information Systems for over 10 years now and almost all of that exclusively with First Nations. GIS has been used in his work to support negotiations, regulatory reviews, referral management and tracking, environmental and wildlife management, traditional knowledge and land use studies and regional/local land use planning. He has designed, implemented and maintained Geographic Information Systems using a number of technologies such as Linux, QGIS, GRASS GIS and PostgreSQL with PostGIS amongst others while taking a liking to Open Source Software. Donovan has always been an advocate for GIS, in general, using whatever software and hardware are needed for the task.

Dr. Brent Hall

Director, Education and Research, Esri Canada

Prior to joining Esri Canada, Dr. Hall (pictured right) was Professor & Dean of the National School of Surveying at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He was previously Professor & Associate Dean of Computing in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. He has published two books, numerous book chapters and over 60 international peer-reviewed journal articles on aspects of GIS. He has also undertaken GIS projects in numerous countries, with a specific regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Marena Brinkhurst

Community Team, Mapbox

Marena supports collaborations between teams at Mapbox and external partners interested in using Mapbox tools to further their efforts for positive social and environmental change. Before joining Mapbox, Marena worked to secure customary and indigenous land rights in Africa and Asia with the non-profit Namati, and facilitated participatory planning efforts with indigenous communities in Canada. Marena holds a master’s degree in natural resource management and planning from Simon Fraser University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Guelph. Outside the office, Marena loves to be in, on, or next to the ocean.

Donovan Cameron

GIS Advisor, Saulteau First Nations, Treaty and Lands Department

Donovan will be traveling from North Eastern British Columbia to facilitate the QGIS and GRASS GIS workshops! He’s been working with Geographic Information Systems for over 10 years now and almost all of that exclusively with First Nations. GIS has been used in his work to support negotiations, regulatory reviews, referral management and tracking, environmental and wildlife management, traditional knowledge and land use studies and regional/local land use planning. He has designed, implemented and maintained Geographic Information Systems using a number of technologies such as Linux, QGIS, GRASS GIS and PostgreSQL with PostGIS amongst others while taking a liking to Open Source Software. Donovan has always been an advocate for GIS, in general, using whatever software and hardware are needed for the task.

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