Indigenous Mapping Network

Indigenous Mapping Network 2010: Restoring our Home Places Call for Proposals

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IMN Conference - IMN 2010

Written by Steven DeRoy, IMN2010 Event Coordinator

The Suquamish Tribe and the Indigenous Mapping Network (IMN) are organizing the fourth IMN conference. The topics of discussion are framed around IMN's guiding principles - Plan, Protect and Preserve. This theme will provide a platform for sharing knowledge. The conference will explore past Indigenous and Tribal mapping experiences and strategies for the future. We are currently looking for speakers to share their experiences with mapping in an Indigenous/Tribal context.

The conference will explore some of the following topics:
- Gathering and protecting community knowledge
- Participatory demos
- Native Languages
- Protecting Tribal Lands and Resources
- Various GIS software options (ESRI, Google Earth, Open Source, etc)
- Lessons Learned
- Funding opportunities
- How technology & techniques are being employed with indigenous knowledge
- Natural resource management issues.

In addition to speakers, we are also looking for people to participate in a display/poster/vendor session. This will be an informal session during the two days, giving Indigenous mapping practitioners a chance to share their own work, and the work of their communities. It is a great opportunity to showcase some of the different kinds of mapping that are happening now, in addition to the speakers and panelists.

Since registration will be limited to 100 participants, priority will be given to Indigenous/Tribal organizations, in the spirit of an Indigenous organized conference for Indigenous peoples. We request that the forms be submitted by April 15, 2010.

Thank you from the Indigenous Mapping Network!

Call for Proposals: Abstract submission form.

(This invitation in an official PDF with Letterhead)


Tribal Geo Tech Workshop

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2009 10:49

Indigenous peoples face special challenges in planning, policy, and advocacy. Issues of sovereignty, cultural protection, land use management, and handling mineral rights often require the making of maps. Recognizing this, we're excited to announce that Google and IMN are teaming up to host a two-day workshop on the Google campus in Mountain View, California. The goal of the workshop is to inform people from and working with native communities on how to use, access, and benefit from Google mapping technologies.

The mission of Indigenous Mapping Network is to connect native communities with the tools needed to protect, preserve, and enhance our way of life within our aboriginal territories. This endeavor often requires an amalgamation of traditional "mapping" practices and modern mapping technologies.

On February 25th and 26th, 2010, Google and IMN will host a FREE workshop at the Google campus for members and staff of indigenous groups that want to learn about Google geospatial and mobile technologies. Keeping the above concerns of indigenous communities before us, the workshop will focus on the technical aspects of using Google Earth, Google Maps, and Open Data Kit, among other technologies. Special attention will be given to issues of:
  • privacy and security of data
  • mobile data collection
  • data conversion from proprietary to open formats
  • geospatial technologies and traditional knowledge

The workshop will be limited to one hundred attendees. So, please complete the online application at  and submit as soon as possible. Deadline will be January 24, 2010 and notices of applications will be returned by January 31, 2010. If you would like more information, or if you have trouble viewing this form, please email answers to the application questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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