Land Use Mapping and Planning for Sustainable Development with Island Lake First Nations and other East-side Communities in Manitoba
Participatory community development research alongside Garden Hill First Nation (FN), Wasagamack FN and other East-side FN community members is the focus of this Mitacs research. Student interns will assist in recording each community’s traditional land use through maps, videos, interviews, development of plans and branding. A geographical information system will allow an analysis of different natural resources and land uses. This research will build capacity in the community to plan and implement sustainable development in the East-side communities considering cultural priorities. Student interns will engage in capacity building towards developing a land use plan with each FN. This work is important to fulfill the objective of the Wabanong Nakaygum Okimawin (WNO) Inc. planning initiative and to assist FNs in their community development “to develop a vision for land and resource use in the area that respects both the value of the boreal forest and the needs of local communities”.