Indigenous Knowledge and GEM Data Integration Workshop

Main Project Contact:

Garfield Giff

Project Start Date:


Project End Date:


Project Name:

Indigenous Knowledge and GEM Data Integration Workshop

ARI Team:

Garfield Giff
Annika Trimble


Develop and host in Inuvik, Northwest Territories a 4-day Indigenous Mapping Workshop, which will welcome over 100 Western Arctic community members. The workshop will provide northern communities with innovative training and opportunities to utilize geoscience/spatial data, methods, and tools for community-based activities.

The workshop will enhance northern capacity and empower northern communities in culturally appropriate and relevant ways to inform decision-making. Members are provided with the opportunity to learn and share best practices, and receive hands-on training on geospatial tools used to collect, host, visualize, share, consume data (e.g. GEM data), and publish community-generated spatial data.

At the end of the workshop participants will be aware of and trained in the use of a variety of geospatial tools (e.g., Google, Esri, and QGIS) to support climate change monitoring; northern knowledge capacity and decision-making; knowledge exchanges between Indigenous communities; the integration of geoscience and geospatial data.


  1. Grow geospatial awareness in Western Arctic Communities.
  2. Grow geospatial capacity in the Western Arctic.
  3. Grow the awareness of current and potential use of geoscience data in Western Arctic Communities
  4. Deliver training on geospatial tools to Western Arctic Community members.


The workshop will deliver training on geospatial applications and tools through:

  • Tutorials
  • Round table knowledge exchange and
  • Hands-on training


Task Number Task Outputs

Planning committee development

April-May 2018

Workshop planning committee in place

Event logistics and coordination

May 2018-November 2019

  • Team in place to perform event logistic and coordination
  • Rooms identified and reserved
  • Equipment identified and reserved
  • Trainers identified and contacted
  • Technical support planned

Outreach and communication strategy

July 2018-September 2018

Outreach and communication strategy

Needs assessment and analysis

October 2018-December 2018

  • Strategy for performing needs assessment and analysis
  • Information to inform the development of the workshop
  • Information on how northern communities can utilize GEM data

Participant application and event registration

January 2019-February 2019

Website developed for application and registering of participants

Successful applicants informed


Curriculum development

January 2019 – March 2019

Draft curriculum presented to the planning committee to ensure it is compliant with needs analysis and provides culturally and appropriate geospatial training.


Curriculum review

April 2019 –June  2019

Approved Curriculum


Workshop Delivery

October/November  2019

A dynamic mix of indigenous mapping presentations, hands-on training, and knowledge exchange among participants in using and applying geospatial/geoscience technologies is delivered.


Post-workshop Evaluation and reporting

November 2019

Workshop report

External Partners:

NRCan: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) Program

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation 

Gwich'in Tribal Council

The Firelight Group

Google Earth Outreach

ESRI Canada

Start Date: 
Sunday, April 1, 2018