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Co-chairs: Natalie Carter (University of Ottawa)

Gita Ljubicic (McMaster University)


Participatory mapping is commonly used in projects across northern regions as a tool for Indigenous and northern residents to document, represent, and share their cultural and environmental knowledge by drawing places, routes, or areas of importance on available maps.  This method of documenting and visualizing spatial knowledge often happens through research collaboration and with the involvement of supporting organizations. Increasingly, participatory mapping is also referred to as a way of facilitating discussion, and a means of engaging community members in research training and skill development. In this way, community researchers are beginning to lead the decision-making around how spatial knowledge is represented, and how it is shared. 

In this session, we invite presentations by northern community members, practitioners, Indigenous organizations, government, academia, and others involved in participatory mapping work to present examples of the role and value of participatory mapping in northern research and decision-making.  We also encourage dialogue around mapping methods (hard copy and digital), lessons learned, and the limits and opportunities of knowledge representation. Relevant topics may include, but are not limited to, examples of participatory mapping used in:

•          Indigenous knowledge research;

•          land use studies or planning;

•          environmental monitoring or assessment;

•          land claim, impact benefit agreement, or other negotiations;

•          health research;

•          inter-generational knowledge transfer; and,

•          wildlife co-management.