The Aboriginal Mapping Network (AMN) was established in 1998 as a joint initiative of the Gitxsan and Ahousaht First Nations and Ecotrust Canada. Over the years the network has grown from its humble beginnings as a knowledge sharing forum for local First Nations technicians, leaders and decision makers to become a valuable strategic resource for practitioners of traditional knowledge mapping around the world. The AMN now has a mandate to support aboriginal and indigenous peoples facing similar issues, such as land claims, treaty negotiations and resource development, with common tools, such as traditional use studies, GIS mapping and other information systems.

Support for the AMN

The Aboriginal Mapping Network is a non-profit network. Funding for the Aboriginal Mapping Network is primarily provided by foundations, through fundraising efforts by Ecotrust Canada.


Who is the AMN?

The Aboriginal Mapping Network was created through the leadership of three organizations, the Gitxsan Nation, the Ahousaht Nation and Ecotrust Canada. From discussions with these three groups along with the Kwakiutl and Haisla Nations, it was agreed upon that Ecotrust Canada should be the managing body.

Ecotrust Canada has assumed responsibility for maintaining the web site, co-hosting the roundtable workshops, facilitating the publication series, and being the primary fundraiser for the Aboriginal Mapping Network. The content and direction and of the Aboriginal Mapping Network is decided upon by First Nation committees and through feedback to the AMN web site.


Activity Areas

The Aboriginal Mapping Network has four main activity areas:


Welcome to the AMN

The Aboriginal Mapping Network website, nativemaps.org, has recently undergone a major upgrade to the underlying content management system, a shift to a better server, and other improvements that we hope make the site more attractive, interactive, and useful to you. In the next few days, there may be some temporary issues as we continue this work. We thank you for your patience.