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Interview with Steve deRoy about the role of networking and communication in PGIS practice

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My name is Steven deRoy. I used to work for the Red Road HIV/AIDS Network. I now work for the Treaty 8 Tribal Association. I am a Anishinabe, a First Nation Peoples of Canada. Steve, you have been working for many years for the Aboriginal Mapping Network in Canada. Could you tell us how you perceive communication and networking ... ... in the context of participatory mapping? The importance of networking is one aspect of everyday work ... ... when you are dealing with maps. It is a crucial element when you are working in a participatory environment ... ... because when you are part of a network you can actually collaborate. You can look at best practices of other people ... ... that might have gone down the same path as you in developing these projects. You can find out the pros and cons, the do's and don'ts of projects ... ... and really harness the successes of past projects where other people ... ... might have been involved in this type of work. It is extremely crucial to be networking, so to speak, with other people ... ... involved in the field. What about the capacity of communicating through maps? Communicating through maps? Mapping is one element of communicating. We communicate in many different ways. Maps tend to give people an opportunity to visually express ... ... what their interpretation of the land is. How are maps facilitating dialogue between parties? How do you see that? I think maps provide a great opportunity for people, ... ... whether you have a scientific background, whether you have ... ... a local knowledge of the land or area. Maps tend to become that medium where people can actually come together ... ... and look at it and come to some common understanding of, ... "Well, here is some line work on the map. We can see lakes. We can see features." It poses a great opportunity to actually help communicate ideas, ... ... and perceptions of the land. What is the role of communication and maps in advocacy, ... ... in helping indigenous communities achieve certain objectives? I think when you have information on maps, people can get a picture of the land. Presently at this point when we look at this map someone was trying to interpret, ... ... someone was trying to communicate some information that would possibly help in advocacy issues ... ... possibly help with policy developments, and it really gives people ... ... an opportunity to use that as a tool for their policy development. It might be whether you are working in a field of HIV and AIDS ... ... and you are trying to say, "We need more services available for people who are infected with HIV and AIDS." When we look at it on a map, you can really see the distribution ... ... of the services that are presently available. You can then use that as a tool to lobby people, lobby government, ... ... lobby agencies to provide funding for that particular resource. This goes not just for public health. It can be for anything. It could be for land tenure, it could be for treaty process. It could be for land use planning. Educational video produced in the framework of the project: " Support the spread ... ... of good practise in generating, managing, and communicating spatial information"

Video Details

Duration: 3 minutes and 55 seconds
Year: 2009
Country: Canada
Language: English
Producer: CTA
Director: Giacomo Rambaldi
Views: 149
Posted by: giacomo on Dec 7, 2009

In this interview, Mr. Steven DeRoy illustrates the power of networking and the importance of integrating this practice into the daily realm of PGIS. These professional exchanges create an opportunity to dialogue with likeminding professionals, allowing practitioners to share ideas and approaches to solve common challenges. Maps also play a vital role in communicating ideas amongst different parties and for advocating change in current affairs.

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