Ecotrust Canada runs a dynamic, social networking website to connect native mappers across Canada and around the world to one another. Revamped and relaunched in 2006, the Aboriginal Mapping Network (AMN) has more than a thousand registered users who share information, participate in online forums and forge collaborative relationships. It has become a central hub for information on best practices in GIS, cartography and traditional use and occupancy studies.
In 1998, our commitment to strengthen collaborative relationships manifested itself in the establishment of the AMN between Ecotrust Canada and the Gitxsan, Ahousaht, Kwakiutl and Haisla First Nations. From discussions with these groups, it was decided that Ecotrust Canada would be the host of the AMN.
The AMN provides a collection of resources for First Nations looking for answers to common questions regarding information management, GIS applications and map making. While the AMN maintains a British Columbia focus, aboriginal cartographers from around the world can find useful material here too. The AMN supports four main areas of activity: a dynamic, interactive social networking website, informal roundtable workshops, a publication series and an annual mapping conference.
Click here to go to the Aboriginal Mapping Network website.