2016 Arizona SHPO Workshop

Google Map

The use of Google Geospatial Tools for Online Collaboration during the Consultation Process

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) introduced the idea of developing a consultation tool kit at a Tribal Workshop to better facilitate the Government-to-Government consultation process. The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), in coordination with the SRPMIC, is now in the process of developing a Government-to-Government Consultation Tool Kit. This Tool Kit will provide a single user location for agencies and Tribes to exchange communication and consultation protocols and contact information.

The July workshop in Phoenix will explore the use of Google geotools (in particular, Google Drive Sheets, Fusion Tables and My Maps) to coordinate geospatial data between cooperating agencies and Tribes.

Workshop Results 

Below is a static image of the map that was created by workshop participants using Google My Maps. The Tribal Claims polygons were overlain on a grid created from the USGS quadrangles in ESRI ArcMap, and this grid was then used to create a clickable layer that was imported into the My Maps platform. When a location on the map is clicked the quadrangle appears (see white box on image below) and a list of Tribes with links to the consultation protocol for each Tribe appears in the left panel. The map is housed on a Google Site that has pages for each Tribe with the most recent contact information and embedded Google Docs describing protocols. In addition, both agency and Tribal contacts are updated using a Google Form.

Workshop Training Materials

Google geotools for database management and map creation

Google Drive

Google Forms and Spreadsheets

Fill out form on your phone use this QR code

Fusion Tables

Fusion Table Icon Library

The Fusion Table below was created from an Excel spreadsheet using the following steps:
1. The Excel Spreadsheet was uploaded to Google Drive as a Google Sheet
2. The three columns with address information in the Google Sheet were combined into one column using the formula 
=concatenate(E2,", ", F2,", ",G2)
3. The rest of the cells in column G were populated using the autofill function
4. A Fusion Table was made in Google Drive by importing the Google Sheet
5. The address column containing the full address (street, city, state) was designated as the location column
6. A map was created in the Fusion Table
7. The Fusion Table and FT Map were published and embedded in the website below

Google My Maps

Google My Maps Help
University of Victoria Ethnographic Mapping Lab custom icon library

Sources of data for maps

Examples of maps used for consultation

 British Columbia Consultative Areas Database (CAD) Public Map Service

The Consultative Areas Database (CAD) is a tool to assist in identifying which First Nations the Province may be required to consult with regarding any proposed activity or project in a particular location that may adversely affect Aboriginal Interests. 

This map is based on an ESRI platform. It allows you to draw a polygon on the map and retrieve the contact information for First Nations with claims that fall within the polygon.

 First Nation Profiles Interactive Map

Use the Info tool to click on a symbol and get information about the corresponding feature, including links to First Nation community websites and First Nation Profiles.
Use the Search tool to search First Nations or place names. Use the Basemap to change the base map.
Use the navigation tool to zoom in, zoom out and navigate the map.
 Interactive Map on Specific Claim Settlements

Canada Aboriginal Affairs
Use the Info tool to click on a claimant dot and get information about specific claims settled through negotiations since 1973.
A "claimant" is a First Nation or group of First Nations.
Use the Search tool to search for claims by the name of the claimant, First Nation or the province.

 Alberta Indigenous Relations Map

Help is also available to government, communities and organizations to:

  • be better neighbours and partners with Aboriginal communities and organizations.
  • develop action plans and long-term initiatives to increase the employment, apprenticeship and labour market opportunities for Aboriginal people.
  • develop and enhance collaborative approaches to support improved outcomes for urban Aboriginal people.
Landmark Map

First Interactive Global Map of Indigenous and Community Territories Will Help Secure Land Rights Worldwide and Boost Forest Conservation Efforts
New Zealand Maori

Visualising Māori Land
A prototype tool for accessing and interpreting
environmental information about Māori land.

This website is primarily intended to help Māori land owners and managers to find out more about the physical characteristics, constraints and potential of their Māori land blocks. To use this site either type the registered name of your land block in the search box above or using the map, zoom to the location of your land block and click on the land block's boundary. We welcome your thoughts and comments on the design of this tool.
Australia - Victoria consultation map

View the Online Map to identify areas of cultural heritage sensitivity within Victoria.

Search for a property by entering the address, road or suburb in the Quick Search on the top right of the screen, or alternatively use the navigation tools to zoom in, zoom out, or pan. Green areas on the map provide indicative information about the location and extent of areas of cultural heritage sensitivity. This information is updated monthly.


Australia - Queensland consultation map 

The Department maintains the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage register. The database and register each contain different types of information. The register contains information about cultural heritage studies recorded under Part 6 of the legislation, cultural heritage management plans registered under Part 7 of the legislation, designated landscape area recorded under previous legislation, registered cultural heritage bodies, and details about statutory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parties for an area

Information in the register is available to any member of the public and is included in the public map which can be freely accessed through the online portal.The database contains information about cultural heritage sites and places collected over a period of more than 40 years including geographical location details, reports, site cards, images and other documentation.

Information in the database is not available to general public but can be provided to land users if it is necessary for them to satisfy their cultural heritage duty of care.Land users seeking to satisfy their duty of care can search both the database and register by submitting a search request form.

Consultation map for suicide prevention - Australia

The Roundtable brought together Aboriginal community leaders and experts in Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention along with experts, scholars and policy makers to engage in a third conservation about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention with Emeritus Professor Michael Chandler from the University of British Columbia.

Google Maps API

API grants for non-profits

Google Maps API developers guide

Examples of maps built with API

These are demonstrations of ways in which the Google Maps API can be used to modified a Google Map to increase functionality and clarity:

Dr. Cynthia Annett,
Jul 20, 2016, 9:02 AM