The Indigenous Mapping Workshop is only one part of our global Indigenous Mapping Collective. Our goal has always been to give Indigenous peoples access to the tools and technology they need to map their lands, share their stories, and support their rights and interests. Mapping is a skill built over time and in collaboration with others. 

The Indigenous Mapping Workshop and its strategic partners are dedicated to the development and advancement of culturally appropriate and inclusive geospatial technologies for Indigenous communities. Our work focuses on the generation and dissemination of decolonized resources in Geographical Information Sciences and Satellite Remote Sensing, their integration and application, to preserve and promote Indigenous land stewardship practices

We provide training on several Geographical Sciences (GIS) tools including Google Earth Pro, Esri ArcGIS, satellite remote sensing with NASA and the Canadian Space Agency, computer coding and so much more!

Learning Outcomes

Learners will gain the knowledge, skills, and awareness to:

  • Identify the various ways Indigenous communities have been braiding mapping technologies and storytelling to further their rights and interests, and decolonize place and space.

  • Identify and use online digital mapping tools (Google Maps, ESRI, Google Earth, Map Box, etc).

  • Demonstrate skills that will promote project planning, data collection, analysis, and synthesis.

  • Recognize Indigenous storytelling, braiding arts, and technology.

  • Discuss and experiment with multiple data collection tools (phone, apps, camera, drone, etc.).

TRC Call to Action #92

Business and Education

CTA # 92 calls upon the corporate sector in Canada to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources.

Indigenous Mapping Workshop

Edmonton, Alberta - November 21-23, 2022

    1. Welcome & Introduction

    1. Microcredential Requirements

    2. Technical Training Sessions

    3. Microcredential Reflective Assignment Questions

    1. Upload Reflective Assignment

    2. Opportunities for Further Engagement


  • 262.50
  • Hybrid Workshop
  • 3 Days

Skills & Competencies

  • Data management
  • Organizational skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Indigenous research approaches
  • Community based research approaches


  • Does this course have prerequisites?

    No, this course does not have a prerequisite.

  • How is successful completion of the microcredential determined? Are there quizzes or tests involved?

    Learners must attend three technical sessions per day in-person. Learners also must complete the Reflective Assignment at the end of the workshop to successfully complete the workshop and receive the microcredential.

  • How long will I have access to the course?

    You will have access to the course for two weeks from the last scheduled course date.

  • Who do I contact if I need help?

    Questions about registration and payment for the microcredential may be directed to For information about the workshop, you may contact The Firelight Group, at

Learn how to use technology

to map your lands, share stories, and support your rights and interests, today!

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