R.A.V.E.N. Post Story about Cedar7
Sue Smitten of RAVEN Trust wrote a piece about last summer's Cedar7 sprint. RAVEN stands for 'Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs' and is a RAVEN is a non-profit charitable organization that provides financial resources to assist Aboriginal Nations within Canada in lawfully forcing industrial development to be reconciled with their traditional ways of life, and in a manner that addresses global warming or other ecological sustainability challenges.
"CEDAR - thinking out of the box!
"What if I told you there is a way for First Nations to not only keep accurate, detailed records and maps of all their sacred sites, fish camps, pit houses, trap lines, you name it - AND to also see if that development plan that landed in their office will encroach on these spaces. It even writes the reply letters.
"It's called Cedar. And this comprehensive box of tools is part of a cool project that RAVEN helped to fund this past summer. Cedar is the brainchild of GeoMemes founder Charles Burnett. He developed the Cedar software package to not only allow First Nations to collect the data and track their land, but to also steward their land by being able to respond to development queries. So for example, a fish farm company comes calling - and with Cedar stewardship staffers can easily assess the proposal. Is it located over an important oolichan bed or safely away from medicinal plant harvesting sites? Who is the proponent? How long is the permit? Cedar has the answers. The system then helps respond to the queries, with time appropriate letters, and even gives the Nation's staff due dates and reminders.
"Charles Burnett describes it like this: "Cedar is groupware for project tracking and analysis, used by coastal First Nations to manage and respond to Crown Referrals and other proposed projects."
READ THE WHOLE STORY: http://www.raventrust.com/blog/2013-12/cedar-thinking-out-of-the-box-.html