CFP: 6th International Conference on Indigenous Education: Pacific Rim

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6th International Conference on Indigenous Education: Pacific Rim
DECEMBER 18TH – 21ST, 2010
CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
SPONSORED BY
CHARLES DARWIN UNIVERSITY
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AUSTRALIA
COSPONSORED BY
CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EXCHANGE 
FIRST NATIONS UNIVERSITY OF CANADA

You are invited to submit an abstract for the 6th International Conference on Indigenous Education: Pacific Rim to be held in Cairns, Australia from Saturday, December 18th to Tuesday, 21st December 2010.

The conference will take place at the Pacific International Hotel, The Esplanade, in tropical Cairns.  This conference will draw together delegates from the Pacific Rim to present academic papers, poster or cultural displays on issues in Indigenous education. Twenty minutes will be allocated for each presentation.  Sessions will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the first and second day of the conference, and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the third and final day.   Registration will be on the evening of Friday, December 17th at the conference site.

Please note that if papers are presented in a language other than English, an English version must be presented by PowerPoint projection.  Please submit the below registration form by return email by APRIL 30, 2010 with title and abstract in Word, Times New Roman 11 font (English).  For those who wish to have their papers published in the conference proceedings, full text of papers to be submitted as above by June 30th, 2010.

Conference Fees: 
Delegate tuition: $400.00 AUD.  Students, Elders, and retiree tuition: $200.00 AUD. Conference fees to be paid at time of online registration.
Note: All participants are responsible for their own transportation, breakfast and evening meals, and accommodation. Please feel free to forward this call for abstracts to your colleagues.

Abstraction Submission Form as PDF: HERE
 

Indigenous Student Invitation to SFSU Masters of Science in Geographic Information Science

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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 11:21


SFSU Masters Program in GISScience

This new program would be a quite exciting opportunity for Indigenous students interested in getting a Masters of Science in GIScience, which includes, geographic information systems, remote sensing and global positioning systems.  If prospective students have any questions, please feel free to email me at ehines AT sfsu.edu Please see the link below and follow it to the new program's website!

http://www.sfsu.edu/~news/2010/spring/29.html


best regards, Ellen

Ellen Hines, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Geography and Human Environmental Studies
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA. 94132
ehines AT sfsu.edu
bss.sfsu.edu/ehines

Editor's note:
Applicants interested in applying to the program for Fall 2010 must apply by April 1. More information can be found at: http://bss.sfsu.edu/geog/msgis.htm

   

PRESS RELEASE: Indigenous Mapping Network and Google Earth Outreach Co-Host a Successful Indigenous Mapping Event

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rosemarie McKeon
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Indigenous Mapping Network and Google Earth Outreach Co-Host a Successful Indigenous Mapping Event

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, March 15, 2010-  Individuals working on indigenous peoples’ issues converged on the Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA, February 25-26, 2010, for a two day training, hosted by Indigenous Mapping Network and Google. "I am very happy to be here.  This is a sacred gathering, this is a ceremony--anytime indigenous people come together in one place it is a ceremony” said Lisa Lone Fight, Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation tribal member and Director for the Wind River Native Science Field Center, capturing the importance of the event.  The training focused on using cell phone based geographic data collection, Google Maps and Google Earth. 

Training sessions were organized by theme; Community Track, GIS and Technical Track and focused on using Google Earth, Google Earth Pro and Google Earth Enterprise.  On the second day, training was grouped into even narrower foci: Community and Earth Track, Programming Track and GIS Track and Open Data Kit Track. Android cell phones were integrated into the training with an outdoor session involving GPS data collection on the Google campus. Participants used the phones and Open Data Kit software to capture points and populate a database with their descriptions.

On both days participants presented their current projects.  "Contested territory" was one of the main issues among the workshop participants. “It makes a lot of sense that so many Indigenous people want mapping training, since many of them are addressing land issues”, said Darlene Jenkins, Navajo Nation tribal member and  IMN Board Member.  The projects also addressed language preservation, traditional knowledge—song, and stories—policy issues, land tenure, resource management, planning, and master plans. 

Beyond the formalities of the training there was a cultural exchange.  Reflecting the importance of indigenous cultural practice, participants brought gifts from their homelands and IMN conducted a giveaway of the items. 

The event's agenda with links to curriculum and slides can be found at: 
http://indigenousmapping.net/maptech/google.html

http://sites.google.com/site/imnworkshop/home

 
A new online forum has been created in response to several requests by participants and interested parties. It can be found at
http://bit.ly/bDMGUT
   

"Ecosystem-Based Conservation Planning with Canadian Indigenous People: Using GIS to Facilitate Ecologically and Culturally Sustainable Land Use" Herb Hammond

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IMN at UC Berkeley Student Chapter, March 2010 Meeting
My friend and colleague Herb Hammond is visiting this week from Canada and will be presenting about his work doing ecosystem-based planning with First Nations, with the use of GIS mapping. Here are the essentials:

Presenter: Herb Hammond, Forest Ecologist and Forester, Silva Ecosystem Consultants Ltd., http://silvafor.org/
Topic: "Ecosystem-Based Conservation Planning with Canadian Indigenous People: Using GIS to Facilitate Ecologically and Culturally Sustainable Land Use"
Date & Time:  Friday, March 12, 1-2pm
Location: UC Berkeley, 111 Mulford Hall, Conference Room
Co-sponsored by the Indigenous Mapping Network and the Geospatial Information Facility at Berkeley (http://gif.berkeley.edu/about/geolunch.html ).
Thanks to Maggi Kelly & Kevin Koy for your support!


All info is available at http://silvafor.org/ 
The sections on Ecosystem-Based Planning, Appreciate Inquiry, and his publications are a great introduction to the methods.

Background on Silva Forest Foundation (SFF):
SFF has worked with many communities throughout Canada to create ecosystem-based conservation plans and ecosystem maps. These communities include Harrop-Procter, the Slocan Valley, Creston, the Fraser Headwaters, Yalakom Valley, Cortes Island, Denman Island, the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, Xaxli’p, Haida Gwaii (all in British Columbia), North Central Saskatchewan, and the Innu Nation (Labrador). Each community uses its plans and maps in ways unique to that community. Harrop-Procter and Creston use the information as the basis for their ongoing community forest operations. Xaxli’p has combined their ecosystem-based plan with their traditional use study to manage a community forest in culturally and ecologically appropriate ways.

The Innu Nation used their ecosystem-based and protected areas design mapping to negotiate protection of a large portion of their traditional lands in cultural and ecological reserves, and to apply an ecosystem-based approach to the use of lands outside protected areas.
   

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