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Gwich'in Atlas | Pan Arctic Inuit Trails Atlas | Kitikmeot Place Names | Frontline Health | Views from the North | Inuit Sea Ice Use and Occupancy | The Lake Huron Treaty Atlas | Arctic Bay | Risk of Homelessness | Indigenous Perspectives and Knowledge | Canada's Trade with the World | Antarctica | Water and Sustainable Development in Latin America

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Gwich'in Atlas

The Gwich'in Atlas features over 900 Gwich'in named places, plus their pronunciation, translation, extents (boundaries), and associated oral history. Each of the named places can be explored by hovering over the area named and clicking on it to bring up information associated with the name. It should be considered a "living atlas" as further information plus photos, videos and documents will be added by the community researchers over time.
The Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute obtained funding for the project from the Museums Assistance Program (Dept. of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada), and the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (Government of the Northwest Territories). Amos Hayes, technical manager at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC) at Carleton, managed the Nunaliit design and development for the team. ClassOne Technologies Inc. implemented several new features in the Nunaliit framework including a system for vector pyramiding to support the level of detail present in the Gwich'in vector geometries while maintaining an interactive browser-based experience.

Pan Arctic Inuit Trails Atlas

The Pan Arctic Inuit Trails Atlas, constructed from historical records, accounts, maps, trails and place names and visualized using innovative mapping technology, provides a unique window into the spatial extent and connectedness of Inuit occupancy, illustrating their historic sovereignty over a large area of Arctic land, sea and ice.
The atlas was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and co-directed by Taylor, Claudio Aporta at Dalhousie University and Michael Bravo from the University of Cambridge. Amos Hayes, technical manager at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC) at Carleton, managed the Nunaliit design and development for the team.


Frontline Health Atlas

The Frontline Health Atlas is an initiative of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) to enable exploration of projects that address the social determinants of health in Canada. CPHA is offering this atlas as a way to facilitate the exchange of experiences, tools and resources about initiatives implemented by communities and their health and social service organizations to improve health and address health equity. In this first iteration of the atlas, the addition and editing of content is being done by CPHA. Ultimately, the intent is to enable the moderated contribution functionality of the Nunaliit Atlas Framework to permit partners and members of the public to contribute to the atlas as well as include more interactive mapping connecting social determinants data with project stories.


Kitikmeot Place Name Atlas

The Kitikmeot Place Name Atlas is the result of an ongoing program of place name recording carried out by the Kitikmeot Heritage Society in the communities of the Kitikmeot Region. The purpose of the project is to comprehensively record the traditional Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun place names of the region, including their pronounciations, meanings and associated oral traditions. This work will ensure that the region's place names will continue to be known to future generations of Nunavummiut. The Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre has assisted the Kitikmeot Heritage Society in establishing the atlas using the Nunaliit Cybercartographic Atlas Framework and is actively carrying out research in community atlas building and the Nunaliit technology with their support.


Views from the North

The Views from the North atlas displays photographs, old and new, as seen through the eyes of Inuit elders and youth from across Nunavut. Views from the North is a collaborative project undertaken by the Inuit training program Nunavut Sivuniksavut and the Carleton University with contributions from the Library and Archives of Canada. For this project, Nunavut Sivuniksavut students interview elders from their home communities in Nunavut about archival photographs depicting those same home communities decades ago.

Inuit Sea Ice Use and Occupancy Project

The Inuit Sea Ice Use and Occupancy Project (ISIUOP) is a collaborative project investigating the importance, uses, and knowledge of sea ice from the perspective of northern communities and Inuit experts.   ISIUOP is a Canadian Government-funded International Polar Year (IPY) project that is also contributing to the International IPY Sea Ice Knowledge and Use (SIKU) project. This project is lead by Dr. Claudio Aporta, and is based at Carleton University within the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC). Therefore, this project also contributes to a host of other interdisciplinary GCRC projects related to Northern and Indigenous Knowledge Research. The Inuit siku (sea ice) Atlas was developed as an educational resource to share the knowledge, stories, maps, language, and lessons from years of interviews, focus groups, sea ice trips, and workshops with Inuit sea ice experts in Cape Dorset, Igloolik, Pangnirtung, and Clyde River, Nunavut. It can be used to learn about:
• Inuit knowledge of sea ice features, uses, hazards, and changes
• The elders, hunters, and researchers involved in the project
• Maps of Inuit sea ice knowledge and use
• Inuktitut sea ice terminology in different seasons
• The Floe Edge Service - satellite imagery available for northern communities
• Background on the larger sea ice project and researchers involved


The Lake Huron Treaty Atlas

The Lake Huron Treaty Atlas builds on the Treaties Module of the Living Cybercartographic Atlas of Indigenous Perspectives and Knowledge by continuing to tell the story of the Lake Huron Treaty negotiation, signing and survey processes through collaboration with Anishinaabe community members from the Lake Huron Treaty region, researchers, technical specialists and other community members. The atlas takes a two-pronged approach involving Anishinaabe approaches to understanding and knowledge gathering, and critical academic approaches (including critical cartography) that are explicitly critical of colonialism and the worldview that supports it. The atlas gives back knowledge to the community through a series of geonarrative maps and evolves in an iterative way over successive funding phases.


Arctic Bay Atlas

The Cybercartographic Atlas of Arctic Bay is an online, community-based atlas project to engage youth and Elders of Arctic Bay, Nunavut in researching, documenting, and representing their multi-faceted spatial knowledge. It involves a partnership between Nunavut Youth Consulting, the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC) at Carleton University, and Nunavut Arctic College. The Atlas includes an interactive spoken map of Inuktitut place names in the Arctic Bay Region. These place names are spoken by local Inuktitut speakers. The Atlas also includes an interactive map of the 2008 Nunavut Quest, an annual inter-community dog sled that begins in Igloolik and ends in Arctic Bay. Arctic Bay is called Ikpiarjuk — "the pocket" — because of the high hills that surround the almost landlocked bay. Arctic Bay is located on Borden Peninsula, a rolling undulating plateau dissected by numerous river valleys. In the northern part of the peninsula, where the Hamlet is located, mountains reach as high as 1,300 metres. Flat-topped King George V Mountain dominates the view to the southeast from the community. As you look southward from the Hamlet toward Adams Sound, Uluksan Point is on your right, while Holy Cross Point is at the end of the long peninsula to your left. Terrestrial wildlife around Arctic Bay is minimal. In the last few years, caribou have come close to the community, but sightings are more common farther south near Admiralty Inlet. Polar bears frequent the area. Narwhals frequent the waters and occasionally come into Arctic Bay itself. Narwhals are hunted for their ivory tusk and maktaaq. Walrus are often seen in western Admiralty Inlet. The Hamlet of Arctic Bay developed as a result of government housing initiatives in the 1960s. Arctic Bay is noted for miniature ivory carvings, traditional clothing and other arts and crafts.


Past Project Atlases

Pilot Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness

The Pilot Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness in Canada is a project developed in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Quality of Life Reporting System (QOLRS) and is funded by Data Development Projects on Homelessness Program, Homelessness Knowledge Development Program, Homelessness Partnering Secretariat of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC). Objective: To create a prototype interactive Pilot Cybercartographic Atlas of Risk of Homelessness of Canadian Cities. The Atlas provides researchers, municipalities and policy makers with the means to interactively engage and visualize maps of the distribution and complexity of risk of homelessness variables across time and space within selected municipalities across Canada and at a federal scale. The Pilot atlas includes some modules uniquely in French and other uniquely in English.


Cybercartographic Atlas of Canada's Trade with the World

An important part of activities of the CNE project involved research into the development of a Cybercartographic Atlas of Canada's Trade with the World (CTW). Canada depends on Trade for its economic and social sustainability, and the aim of our research in the CTW atlas is to explore how cybercartography can be applied to provide a rich assortment of trade information in the form of maps, graphs, tables, text and other information media. Whereas the initial target user base for the CTW was intended for educational purposes at the high school and university level, we are now aiming to more fully develop the CTW atlas to serve the general public and aid in policy analysis. Trade data and statistics are provided by International Trade Division (ITD) at Statistics Canada, and we are looking into options for having the atlas hosted by the Atlas of Canada. For more information on the research and development of the CTW atlas, contact Brian Eddy (Lead Researcher), or Dr. Fraser Taylor.


Cybercartographic Atlas of Antarctica

The Cybercartographic Atlas of Antarctica Project (CAAP) is a research project that aims to contribute to developing the theory and practice of cybercarography and emerging forms of geographic information processing. The first phase of the project (completed fall 2007) resulted in the development of a series of chapters or modules that examine and explore topics of interest to both Atlas users and researchers alike. The atlas will be incorporated into an International Polar Year project which aims develop a Polar Atlas for Education and Outreach.


Living Cybercartographic Atlas of Indigenous Perspectives and Knowledge (Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region)

The pilot Living Cybercartographic Atlas of Indigenous Perspectives and Knowledge seeks to develop a 'living' online atlas of great lakes indigenous perspectives and knowledge using the technology and expertise developed at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC) to design cybercartographic atlases. This atlas will enhance the capability to recover the systemic nature of traditional indigenous knowledge by electronically interrelating different forms of expressive culture (language, oral traditions, items of material and visual culture, historical documentation). This atlas is developed in collaboration with members from different Indigenous communities and with the Great Lakes Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Culture (GRASAC) at Carleton University. This project is funded by the Inukshuk Wireless.


The Cybercartographic Atlas of Water and Sustainable Development in Latin America

The The Cybercartographic Atlas of Water and Sustainable Development in Latin America was part of the Digital Mapping and Geographic Information Systems Pilot Project involved collaboration with researchers in eight Latin American countries directed by Dra. Carmen Reyes of CentroGEO in Mexico. The Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre was the Technical Advisor to this project supported by the Inter-American Development Bank and CIDA (D. R. F. Taylor, Principal Investigator). The project was completed in 2000.


Atlas Publications (Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre)
CAA Project Description (Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre)
Living Cybercartographic Atlas of Indigenous Perspectives and Knowledge (Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre)
Pilot Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness (Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre)
The Lake Huron Treaty Atlas (Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre)
Trade Atlas Prototypes (Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre)

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