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MapChat Session in Telkwa

Local residents are invited to a community-based mapping exercise on November 20, 2010 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the home of a Telkwa volunteer. Community assets will be marked on a web-based map using a tool called MapChat. The results will contribute to the Telkwa Official Community Plan (OCP) and Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) process.

RSVP:
To attend this session or for further information please contact :

Kelsey Milne, Assistant Planner, Focus Corporation
Phone 250.886.3329 or by email at Kelsey.milne@focus.ca

Please note there is a maximum of 10 individuals for this session. Please RSVP to confirm your attendance. If the number of residents exceeds 10 people an additional session will be held at a later date.

Overview

The scheduled MapChat session will provide an opportunity for a neighborhood within Telkwa to perform a community-based mapping exercise as part of the Telkwa Official Community Plan (OCP) and Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) process. This opportunity will enable residents of Telkwa to record community assets on a map. The marked assets will be saved as a file and used in OCP mapping for Telkwa.

The concept of asset mapping and the MapChat tool were initially introduced to citizens of the Bulkley Valley community primarily through a series of small scale workshops. These workshops were facilitated by community members with GIS and mapping expertise in conjunction with local staff from the provincial Ministry of Environment (MOE). Participants from municipal and provincial government departments, outdoor recreational groups, and the broader community were recruited for the MoE workshops used the MapChat tool to explore various digital map layers assembled from provincial government sources and to augment these data with their own volunteered local knowledge. While the participants had the option of recording their assets on supplied paper maps, most opted to use the MapChat tool to select existing features, create new features, record associated comments and use the software to chat with other participants about features of mutual interest.

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