Engage with indigenous peoples to build their capacity in the use of Earth observation information for their community needs, and share the learning gained from these national programs to improve methods for engagement with indigenous people internationally through collaboration with CEOS partners.
This event is currently scheduled as part of the Indigenous Mapping Workshop, in partnership with the Firelight Group, which will be held in November 2021. NASA and CSA will provide trainings for the event and are currently developing material.
The Indigenous Mapping Workshop (IMW 2021) was organized by the Canadian organization The Firelight Group in Vancouver, British Columbia. The IMW workshop agenda of geospatial training comprised some 85 sessions. The training provided to the IMW 2021 by NASA and CSA consisted of a series of 12 optical and radar remote sensing sessions. Both agencies had representatives on the IMW planning committee, coordinating workshop themes and session topics with other major contributors, including Google, Esri Canada, Mapbox. The 45-minute-long remote sensing sessions were prepared by 8 subject experts and delivered by them to an online audience of predominantly indigenous workshop participants. Topics included basic introductions to optical and radar remote sensing, data access, and use cases in applications such as floods, droughts, forest fires, ice monitoring, habitat mapping and biodiversity monitoring. The 12 sessions were attended by approximately 290 registered workshop participants; recordings of these sessions are available by the workshop organizers, The Firelight Group. NASA and CSA formalized their contributions to the IMW 2021 in bilateral Letters-of-Intent with The Firelight Group.