March 2018 Event: Mapping History – Using Innovative Technology in History and Material Management

Date: Monday, March 12, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Lahm Ridge Tower Basement


Google Earth and drones are fun tools to use to explore foreign cities or to document your next outdoor adventure. But as mapping and GIS technologies become more accessible and easier to manipulate, governments across the Northwest Territories are using this innovative technology to record archaeological features, map traditional knowledge, and track equipment.

Join us for a panel discussion with representatives from the Tłı̨chǫ Government, the City of Yellowknife, and the Government of the Northwest Territories about how they use technologies such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or drones) and GPS.

From fleet tracking to creating interactive websites for cultural and environmental research, learn how public administrators are tapping into these technologies, and how you can use them too.

Please feel free to submit questions to the panel in advance. Write to us at

Discussion topics:

New Technology in Ancient Places
Petter Jacobsen: traditional knowledge researcher for Tłı̨chǫ Government.

The Tłı̨chǫ Government has reopened several ancient trails to the barrenlands in recent years. With satellite technology as Garmin Inreach and Iridium Go, we have live coverage of our journey on the ancient trails and can update our Story Map website with photos and live tracking. Knowledge about the land can be instantly communicated to decision makers and public while we are on the land. This presentation will follow the 500-kilometre Mowhi trail journey and how new technologies are used to revive and document ancient places.

Bio: Petter has worked as a researcher for the Tłı̨chǫ Government for over 6 years. He is the project manager for the Reviving Trails canoe project and the Boots on the Ground caribou monitoring project. Petter holds a Master and Bachelor degree in Anthropology from the University of Northern British Columbia.

Automatic Vehicle Location:  Tracking the Location of City Assets In Real-Time
Greg Tink – System Analyst – GIS, City of Yellowknife

With advancements in technology, the ability to track the current location of any AVL equipped City asset is possible.  As opportunities emerge to expand our program beyond our transit fleet, what are the potential benefits and implications on the City, staff and the public.
Bio: Greg is a member of the IT Division with the City of Yellowknife and administers the City’s GIS Program.

Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Heritage Resource Management
Glen MacKay, Territorial Archaeologist and Manager of the NWT Cultural Places Program, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

UAVs, or drones, are an efficient tool for accurate and high-resolution recording of archaeological surface features and historic sites.  In collaboration with the Department of Lands, archaeologists at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre are experimenting with UAVs as a tool to record archaeological sites at risk of impact from landscape disturbance related to climate change and development activities.  Some examples of high-resolution drone images from recent projects will be shown at the event.

Bio: Glen has worked with the Culture and Heritage Division of the Department of Education, Culture, and Employment for thirteen years, and has conducted archaeological research throughout the Northwest Territories.  He has been the Territorial Archaeologist and Manager of the NWT Cultural Places Program since June 2017.

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