A list of Papers and Journal Articles related to Aboriginal Mapping. Please contact us if you know of, or would like to submit, a paper.

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Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (Volume 25)

Volume 25 of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC) ventures into new ground for the journal, with a special issue devoted to Participatory Geographical Information Systems and Participatory Mapping. This volume has been edited by Peter Mbile, Senior Editor of the journal, and has been several months in the editing.


Aboriginal Community Land and Resource Management Geospatial Data Needs Assessment

GeoConnections is working to facilitate the use and exchange of
location-based or "geospatial" data to help support land and resource
management by Aboriginal organizations. GeoConnections contracted
Makivik Corporation to assess the land and resource management data
needs of Aboriginal communities, and to identify custodians and
suppliers of the required data.


Coast Salish Senses of Place: Dwelling, Meaning, Power, Property and Territory in the Coast Salish World

PhD Dissertation, Anthropology, McGill U., 2005

This study addresses the question of the nature of indigenous people's connection to the land, and the implications of this for articulating these connections in legal arenas where questions of Aboriginal title and land claims are at issue.  The idea of 'place' is developed, based in a phenomenology of dwelling which takes profound attachments to home places as shaping and being shaped by ontological orientation and social organization.  In this theory of the 'senses of place', the author emphasizes the relationships between meaning and power experienced and embodied in place, and the social systems of property and territory that forms indigenous land tenure systems.  To explore this theoretical notion of senses of place, the study develops a detailed ethnography of a Coast Salish Aboriginal community on southeast Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  Through this ethnography of dwelling, the ways in which places become richly imbued with meanings and how they shape social organization and generate social action are examined.  Narratives with Coast Salish community members, set in a broad context of discussing land claims, provide context for understanding senses of place imbued with ancestors, myth, spirit, power, language, history, property, territory and boundaries.  The author concludes in arguing that by attending to a theorized understanding of highly local senses of place, nuanced conceptions of indigenous relationships to land which appreciate indigenous relations to land in their own terms can be articulated.

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Participatory GIS and local knowledge enhancement for community carbon forestry planning: an example from Cameroon

Peter A. Minang and Michael K. McCall


This article explores how participatory GIS (PGIS) can add value to indigenous knowledge for use in carbon planning within the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol. Accessing payments and benefits for environmental services such as carbon mitigation requires enormous amounts of technical information – which local communities in developing countries often lack. Local spatial knowledge and indigenous knowledge can be vital sources of information – but there is still a divide between local and scientific knowledge.

     In this article we try to explore the extent to which PGIS can enhance the use of local and indigenous knowledge in the CDM certification processes. We report on part of an ongoing study, working with a long-time partner, the Bimbia Bonadikombo community, located in Cameroon’s Southwest Province. The study is researching possibilities for including carbon forestry as an objective in a community forest management plan. The results would be used to develop strategies relevant for CDM requirements and community forest management in general.