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Canadian Geospatial Briefing Jan 10th: 1. Métis Nation–Saskatchewan launches story-map; 2. P.E.I. Students explore giant Indigenous floor map ; 3. Online Reporting for P.E.I. Invasive Species; 4. Algae Identification from Space

Story map of Eastern Region 3 launched by Métis Nation–Saskatchewan

Métis Nation–Saskatchewan has launched a story-map of the traditions and history of the MN-S Eastern Region 3, which combines maps, text, images, video, and audio. The mapping project started last spring and saw the effort between various Indenigous groups, Parks Canada, elders, knowledge keepers, and community members in the region.

Screenshot of the Story Map



These Island students got to explore a giant Indigenous floor map of Canada

An Indengious map of the “Turtle Island” created by the Canadian Geographic Education will soon be incorporated into the P.E.I. curriculum. Students can walk on the giant floor map sized of the classroom showing Indigenous territory names, and locations of residential schools.

Students at Charlottetown’s West Kent Elementary had the chance to work with a giant Indigenous floor map. (Source: Jane Robertson/CBC)


Online reporting system of invasive sepcies launched by P.E.I. Invasive Species Council

P.E.I. Invasive Species Council launched a new reporting system called EDDMapS – Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System. Members of the public are now able to report sightings of invasive species, which would be verified. Combining with existing databases such as iNaturalist, the system now has a large amount of data on invasive species.

The occurrence of Japanese Knotweed in P.E.I. (Source: EDDMapS)


A New Technique Could Identify Algae from Space

Harmful algal blooms release toxins, disrupt ecosystems and pose great effects to humans. Algal blooms in heavily populated lakes such as Lake Erie need to be closely monitored to protect people from the negative effects. Scientists are working on a new technique called Spectral Mixture Analysis for Surveillance of Harmful Algal Blooms or SMASH in short to detect the type of microbe in blooms from available satellite imageries. Researchers are also working on creating a spectral library with sets of reflectance characteristics from various microbes.

Satellite image of the Great Lakes with an algal bloom visible in Lake Erie
Algal blooms, pictured here in Lake Erie. (Source: European Space Agency)