Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs & Ecotrust Canada

March 15, 2010 09:01 ET

UBCIC & Ecotrust Canada Launch Important New Data-collection Guide

Union of BC Indian Chiefs and Ecotrust Canada proudly launch important new data-collection guide

Attention: Assignment Editor, Books Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VANCOUVER, BC, NEWS RELEASE--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) - Living Proof: the Essential Data-Collection Guide for Indigenous Use-and-Occupancy Map Surveys by Terry N. Tobias is a new guide for Indigenous communities and anyone working on land use mapping. With the current consultation frameworks, some communities are asked to respond to upwards of 1,000 referrals in a given year, with estimates of upwards of 200,000 BC government decisions that ought to involve First Nation consultations. Unfortunately the required tools and resources for First Nations to participate meaningfully in all of these discussions continue to be sorely lacking.

In 2000, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and Ecotrust Canada produced Chief Kerry's Moose the first joint publication on use-and-occupancy mapping. This short guide provided a basic introduction to use-and-occupancy mapping with guidance on designing and implementing cultural land use studies. The first print run quickly sold out as communities increasingly look to mapping as a means of managing lands and as a negotiation tool. The continued demand for Chief Kerry's Moose proves the continued need for Indigenous land mapping resources.

Living Proof will help communities build their capacity by providing research methodology for organizing mapping project, conducting map biographies with community members, and presenting the data collected.

"First Nations people are still being denied access to realizing the wealth and full utility of their traditional lands, so it is vitally important to record the knowledge of those who have been out asserting their Aboriginal Rights on the ground" asserts Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. "Resources like Living Proof are incredibly valuable in helping us record this knowledge in a way that can be used not only for our own use, but also for negotiation concerning the recognition and reconciliation of our Indigenous land rights."

For Ecotrust Canada, Living Proof represents the most timely and in-depth resource for Indigenous data and mapping collection globally. As Brenda Kuecks, Executive Director states: "This is a piece of work that took many years to research and write, and we are seeing indigenous communities around the world interested and excited by this book - from South America to Australia".

The data-collection manual is based on the knowledge of over 100 practitioners and communities in Canada, Alaska and Australia, providing project advice, case studies and maps, making the guide not only solidly grounded, but also accessible.

We look forward to getting the book into communities in the province, across the country and around the world. We are confident that Living Proof will go far in helping communities engage in their own research as part of the protection of their traditional lands.

Join us at the official book launch on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 4:30pm in the Alice MacKay Room at the Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St.
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Contact Information

  • Don Bain, Executive Director, Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs & Ecotrust Canada
    Primary Phone: 604-831-9709
    Secondary Phone: 604-684-0231
    E-mail: ubcic@ubcic.bc.ca