As a part of the Governance and Nation Development Sessions CPNW was tasked with developing two training sessions. Delivered online this past Tuesday, February 16th and Thursday, February 18th.
Entitled “Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS)” both sessions were delivered online. Part one focused on the tools that are most readily available to all of us. The class was given instruction on Google Earth Pro, provided with a manual and asked to start to use it to tell stories, make measurements and explore the digital globe. We provided an Elders survey and asked the LNH’s to attach elder knowledge to a geographical location if possible. This is part of our continuing efforts to document as much Sacred Knowledge as we can to inform CPNW in all efforts. We then looked at the various sources of geographical information that are available to us and had a look at some more advanced tools including ArcGIS Pro, Global Mapper and QGIS.
Part two introduced the participants to the technology and tools that can be used when we need to collect geographical data. We started with a Real-time kinematic (RTK) base station, rover and data collector – tools commonly used for measuring ground and infrastructure at centimeter level accuracy.
We then moved on to what turned out to be everyone’s favorite topic – collecting aerial data using a drone. We introduced them to Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) from the latest tiny pocket camera drones to enterprise class commercial systems. Systems that are used to collect multi-spectral (used in agriculture and forestry management) to identify different types of vegetation and assess it’s health. We looked at thermal cameras designed for use in search and rescue and well as high resolution cameras designed to provide the operator with thermal images accurate down to 1/10th of a degree on every pixel in the a high resolution display. These are sometimes used for solar panel inspection or wildlife surveys. We looked at fixed wing mapping drones designed to stay in the air for 90 minutes on one charge and collect vast numbers of aerial images.
GIS Tech/Helper Shawn Gurke discussed a little about the program with MTN Live host Corey Whiteford this morning. You can see the interview here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=254612176238538&ref=search
CPNW would like to thank all involved including Scott Lynxleg and Darlene Woodhouse – Regional Keepers and Ray Mousseau – Operations Keeper for helping us arrange the sessions and introduce our LNH’s. Of course, we would like to thank all the attendees. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!