Dreamcatcher Informatics: a Web-based and Mobile Information System to Support Land Management, Consultation, and the Preservation of History, Culture and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

The two goals of this project are to:

1. create a demonstration information system based on an existing system called Dreamcatcher for consultation, land-use, occupancy, and planning based on the archival material of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN); and

2. use this system and First Story to preserve and promote Aboriginal history and culture from the Aboriginal perspective.

To be useful for MNCFN, extensive research related to the Duty to Consult must be undertaking including investigation of: legal aspects of consultation processes; evaluating currently used methods related to land-use and development; legal status of First Nations; reviewing the Duty to Consult rulings of the Supreme Court; and how First Nations are represented in mainstream Canadian history. Additionally, resources such as archival documents, oral traditions, environmental assessments and land-use history must be transcribed, uploaded and annotated to create a rich asset map for the MNCFN.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Daniel McCarthy


Heather Moran


Centre for Community Mapping


Environmental sciences


Information and communications technologies


University of Waterloo



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