Mapping & Information Management
Inlailawatash has a strong reputation for mapping and information management. We provide a range of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services, technical support, and analysis to both external and internal partners. While we serve a wide variety of clients, we understand—and have extensive experience meeting—the unique needs of aboriginal governments and organizations.
Cartography (cultural, thematic, and land use mapping)
Bioregional and inventory atlases (biophysical and cultural data composition)
Use and occupancy mapping (basemaps, digitization, conversion, biography, category and hodgepodge maps)
Archaeology mapping support (AIAs, AOAs, archaeology potential modeling, least cost analysis)
Consultation mapping and analysis (referral integration, impact assessments)
Online mapping tools
Modeling and analysis
Data collection (research, digitization, direct-to-digital, field-based GPS surveys)
Optical and LiDAR drone mapping
Research and acquisition (historical maps, documents and air photos)
GIS training, assessment and strategy development
Mapping systems hardware and software setup
Data warehouse setup and maintenance
Map scanning, copying & printing
T'Sou-ke Nation Traditional Knowledge Mapping
T'Sou-ke First Nation needed a game plan for developing GIS tools and infrastructure. We initially helped them apply for project funding through the British Columbia Capacity Initiative. Once funding was in place, we conducted an assessment and developed a plan to set up two concurrent systems. A cloud-based system provides secure access of spatial information to staff, consultants and community members while in-house software allows for advanced analysis and map production. Inlailawatash also developed a field-data collection system based on Open Data Kit that utilizes mobile tablets paired with high precision GPS receivers to collect cultural and ecological features of importance within T'Sou-ke's Traditional Territory. We facilitate capacity building via training, such as via the 2016 Indigenous Mapping Workshop, and continue to provide advanced GIS support on an as-needed basis.
Kwikwetlem GIS Setup, Implementation and Ongoing Capacity
Members of the Kwikwetlem First Nation had previously attempted to develop in-house GIS capability on their own but needed a bridge to achieve long-term success. Inlailawatash was hired to conduct a GIS assessment and provide recommendations on how to meet existing and future spatial information needs. After analysis and consultation, we determined that a cloud-based GIS and referral-management system was the best starting point. We also developed a comprehensive spatial information database for the Nation's entire Traditional Territory. Once these tools were in place, we provided training and advanced GIS support on an as-needed basis. The Nation now has both an online mapping tool and referral management system that are being used to their full potential and continue to develop in-house capacity via training, support and mentorship.
Additional Mapping Projects
Kó’moks First Nation GIS Mapping Services
Sugar Cane Archaeology Mapping Services
Fort McKay 3D Visualization
Kó’moks Least Cost Analysis
Métis Nation BC Use and Occupancy Map Survey
Sts’ailes Xa’xa Temexw Bioregional Atlas
Tsleil-Waututh Nation Mapping Services
Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance Aboriginal Knowledge Project
Williams Lake and Soda Creek Indian Band Traditional Land Use
Brown and Oakes Historic Air Photo Imagery
Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation Traditional Land Use Information
Stikeman Elliott iMapBC training
High Bar First Nation GIS Training
T'Sou-ke First Nation Referral Management System
NStQ Field Data Collection and Drone Training
Wolf and Crow RISC Course Mapping
Gwawaenuk Ecosystem Based Management Mapping Support
Services: Mapping: Newsletter
Our annual newsletter provides information about some of projects we’ve worked on and general updates about the latest developments in mapping.
Services: Mapping: Essentials
We have discovered and generated extensive information that we believe mappers working in aboriginal communities should be aware of—and take full advantage of. These resources include tools, and links to training, conferences and community forums.
GIS Mapping is more than a service. It provides an opportunity to build capacity within the organizations we work with—through access to training, resources and data—that empowers them to accurately survey and record their territory and achieve their long-term objectives.