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Community Assets Identification Workshops 2008

The following community notice was submitted to Valley Vision:


In association with the Promoting Sustainable Communities through Participatory Spatial Decision Support project, the Bulkley Valley Stewardship Coalition invites residents of the Bulkley Valley to participate in any of three Workshops on Rural Community Asset Identification. The workshops will be held in

Computer Lab
Northwest building
Northwest Community College
Smithers campus


Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 1:00-4:00 PM
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 7:00-10:00 PM
Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 1:00-4:00 PM

The workshops will have two principal purposes. First, the information they gather will become part of a storehouse of local knowledge intended for use in public planning processes conducted in the Bulkley Valley. Similar kinds of local knowledge have already been collected through the Ministry of Environment workshops of January 2008, and more will be collected through a standing Internet-based facility to be launched following the current workshops.

Second, the workshops will serve to test the MapChat participatory spatial decision support tool. Present at the workshops, and providing MapChat expertise, will be leading academic researchers in geomatics, namely Dr. Rob Feick of the University of Waterloo and Dr. Brent Hall of the University of Otago, New Zealand. Dr. Ray Chipeniuk, adjunct professor with the University of Northern British Columbia, will be observing how the MapChat technology fits into efforts to bring about greater Bulkley Valley sustainability through planning.

Participants in the workshops will each be seated in front of a computer terminal. With the guidance of Workshop organizers, they will be instructed in the use of MapChat, then asked to identify and characterize such rural community assets as trails, cultural and historical features, and important ecosystems. Participants who do not wish to use a computer terminal will have the option of using paper maps and pen-and-paper means of identifying and characterizing community assets. Each workshop is independent of the other two.

Local knowledge assembled in this way will be held as a public trust by the BV Stewardship Coalition. Except for contributions which could potentially encourage trespass onto private land, asset identification and characterization materials will be made freely available to the general public, primarily over the Internet. However, participant contributions will be anonymous.

Local persons involved in organizing the workshops and able to provide additional information about them are:

  • Jay Gilden (jgilden at, 847-4794)
  • Anne Hetherington (heth at, 847-4794)
    both associated with the Stewardship Coalition, and
  • Ray Chipeniuk (chipsaw at, 847-5758) for the Promoting Sustainable Communities research project.

[To send email to the above persons, replace the word at with the @ symbol. Addresses were modified to thwart email-mining spammers]

Because the College computer lab has just twelve computer stations, each workshop can accommodate only twelve participants. Persons wishing to be assured of a place at a workshop should therefore contact Jay, Anne, or Ray to indicate which workshop they would like to attend.


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