First Peoples Arts Map Contributors

We would like to acknowledge everyone who participated in the Cultural Mapping sessions First Peoples Council hosted in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Their hard work and creative thinking contributed to the foundation for the generation of the interactive online First Peoples Arts Map.

The following people made generous contributions of their intelligence, time and energy to those earlier Cultural Mapping sessions:


Internationally respected Cultural Consultant, Robert Palmer introduced First Peoples’ Council’s Arts Program Coordinator, Cathi Charles Wherry to Cultural Mapping in 2005 and coached her during the development of the 2007 Cultural Mapping session.


This session was facilitated by a team of Aboriginal arts administrators and facilitators: Debra Hoggan, ainjil Hunt, France Trepanier and Debra Prince as well as First Peoples’ Council staff, Lou-ann Neel and Emmy Beaton.

We would also like to thank STOLCETH /John Elliott for the welcoming address that set the tone for the 2007 session.


imagePaula Beltgens was an invaluable support as a mentor and advisor to the Arts Program Coordinator during the creation of the facilitation plan for this session. We also acknowledge her partner at EnCompass Consultants, David Scott for creating the print maps we used for the session.

This session was facilitated by a team composed of Sylvie Cottell, France Trepanier, ainjil Hunt and Irene Mills.

imageWe would also like to thank the En’owkin Centre for hosting the session at their beautiful facility on the Penticton Indian Reserve. Special thanks to Jeannette Armstrong, Tracey Kim Bonneau and Geraldine Manossa.

imageWe also thank the people at GeoMemes Research for building the website and the back-end architecture, and for continuing to support the project with contagious enthusiasm. Thanks to Charles Burnett, Patrick Hayes and Greg Sebastian, for their commitment to the project.

imageThanks also to Metaform Communication Design and Susan Mavor for developing the icons and working with the team to design the site.


Any initiative like this requires financial resources. The First Peoples Arts Map would not be possible without the generous contributions to the Cultural Mapping session in 2009, and for the development of the actual site, from our funders and partners: