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ESRI Canada’s Award of Excellence recognizes the Advancement of GIS Skills in First Nations Communities

by NationTalk on February 5, 20091903 Views

February 03, 2009

ESRI Canada recognized the Anokitage Development Corporation with an Award of Excellence at the Regional User Conference in Val D’Or Québec earlier today. Jean-Sébastien Guy, Québec Account Manager for ESRI Canada, presented the award to Linda McMartin, GIS Coordinator, to acknowledge the Corporation’s use of GIS in enhancing the cultural, social and economic well-being of Algonquins in the Abitibi-Temiscaming area.“The Anokitage Development Corporation’s GIS Department was selected for this award because they have demonstrated remarkable GIS leadership,” said Jean-Sébastien Guy. “They have played a significant role in advancing the GIS skills of several Algonquin communities in the Abitibi-Temiscaming region.”

The Anokitage Development Corporation is a non-profit entity that manages the economic, training and development affairs of the Timiskaming First Nation’s community business enterprises. One of the main objectives of the corporation is to promote sustainable development of the First Nation, primarily in the area of natural resources. Specific objectives include fostering an entrepreneurial mentality within the Timiskaming community, creating employment opportunities, facilitating economic strategic planning and driving economic development in a manner that is reflective of the community’s traditions, values and culture.

The Corporation has actively embraced GIS and leverages the technology to achieve many strategic goals. For example, in collaboration with Health Canada, Anokitage employs ESRI’s ArcGIS 9.2 to identify and map at-risk plants and animals that are showing signs of contamination. The technology is also applied to conduct bioregional mapping of the surrounding area and to train key members of Timiskaming First Nation to become Forestry Managers.

“It is vital for Anokitage, the Timiskaming First Nation and other Algonquin communities to be skilled in GIS technology and always work to improve these skills,” explains Linda McMartin, GIS Coordinator for Anokitage Development Corporation. “GIS not only plays a crucial role in our Forestry and Mining sectors – it is also an integral tool that helps us to understand and protect our environment.”

To foster awareness of GIS career opportunities, the Corporation recently hosted their first GIS Day for community members and students. The GIS Department will continue to actively promote ESRI Canada training for Algonquin communities.

About ESRI Canada
Established in 1984, ESRI Canada is a Canadian owned company specializing in geographic information systems (GIS) solutions. ESRI Canada distributes the world’s leading GIS software including solutions from ESRI Inc., Miner and Miner, I.S.M. International Systemap Corp. and Azteca. In order to provide organizations with complete industry-specific solutions ESRI Canada has established an extensive business partner program that includes more than 130 Canadian organizations. ESRI Canada also provides professional services including consulting, training, technical support, and enterprise GIS implementation. ESRI Canada is a leader in providing world-class enterprise GIS solutions for many industries including public works, land management, utilities, defence, public safety, business demographics, education, natural resources and transportation. ESRI Canada has sixteen regional offices across the country, with headquarters in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-447-9778.

Media Contact:

Amanda Graff
Marketing Communications Specialist
ESRI Canada
12 Concorde Place, Suite 900
Toronto ON M3C 3R8
T: 416-441-6035 ext 6308

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