I am doing this over again because I have an insatiable appetite for checkboxes and 'delete' buttons...
One can make some mistakes once.
So I will take this opportunity to provide an explanation of what I plan on doing with indiGenIS.
It's a personal project I feel is necessary because I find it difficult to understand the causes and effects of a changing landscape. There are so many contributing factors that a GIS will allow me to at least get a grasp on things.
I make every effort I can to use the land and pay my respects as it provides so many things that I need to survive and maintain an identity. It's because of this relationship where I am provided for that I feel I must make an effort to give something back in return.
A GIS, I hope, will help me make responsible decisions about my practices on the land whether they relate to conservation, safety, forecasting, etc... I hope I'm right in believing that responsibility is as good a gift as any.
The support of a GIS will provide the opportunity to observe the landscape in a way I've never seen before. I'm sure of it. At the same time caution should be applied when interpreting information or the end-product of a GIS; sometimes a map.
This GIS, indiGenIS is going to take me through time where first looking at the past will help me set goals and a direction for the future.
Not a lot of people around here know their history. We often don't know enough about each other and that makes it difficult to move forward in any given situation. I am not going to pretend to be a curator of any sort. My ramblings are my own and don't even represent those of my community or Nation. I will even post maps that I don't fully endorse...
Documenting what I understand about my history is something I think is important that others know. Especially those that wish to have a healthy relationship with each other. We are all part of the medicine wheel and have to play our part. There is no where else to go. That is why we have a Treaty. This agreement facilitates the sharing of the land which is a gift to all of us.
I don't know what causes things to change in the environment. I bet it is going to be several different things, some may not surprise me, others I bet will.
indiGenIS is my attempt to understand what is changing the landscape and how these changes will affect my ability to use the land as my ancestors did.
indiGenIS is brown, the colour of the earth. My responsibility.