Fostering Adaptive Capacity and Resilience to Environmental Change in Sub-Arctic First Nations: The Use of Collaborative Geomatics, an Interactive, Web-based Informatics Tool

By Christine D. Barbeau, Nadia A. Charania, Andrea D. Isogai, Daniel D. McCarthy, Don Cowan and Leonard J. S. Tsuji.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Environmental change is impacting social and ecological systems, especially in northern latitudes. First Nation communities of sub-arctic Canada are expected to see amplified cultural and environmental impacts from the warming environment (and post-glacial isostatic adjustment) due to their intimate relationship with the land. Changes in shorelines, species distributions, ice break-up, etc. are impacting traditional land uses.
With input from people of the Mushkegowuk Territory in northern Ontario, Canada, we have developed an interactive web-based informatics tool. The collaborative geomatics tool allows individuals in remote First Nation communities to work together in a social network to gather, store, process, and present geographic or spatially referenced traditional environmental knowledge (TEK; e.g., pictures, narratives, etc.). Furthermore, environmental change information, such as, time-series and shoreline satellite imagery will be gathered and stored alongside TEK information within the system. This system will provide these remote communities with the ability to monitor, plan, and share knowledge while fostering adaptive capacity, sustainability, and innovation.

Keywords: Web-based Informatics System, Traditional Environmental Knowledge, First Nation Communities, Climate Change, Sub-arctic Communities

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.117-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 820.416KB).

Christine D. Barbeau

Graduate Student, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Nadia A. Charania

Graduate Student, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Andrea D. Isogai

Undergraduate Thesis Student, Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Daniel D. McCarthy

Assistant Professor, Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Don Cowan

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Leonard J. S. Tsuji

University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


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