In 2010, Brian Thom founded UVic’s Ethnographic Mapping Lab (EML) to create a space for indigenous communities and university researchers to collaborate and innovate in theoretically sophisticated cartographic approaches. He has led collaborative projects in several Coast Salish (Canada) and Itelmen (Russia) indigenous communities. The resulting Coast Salish and Itelmen web atlas projects, the immersive Coast Salish Cultural Landscapes Street View project and an extensive Cartographic Legacies map browser are all live on the EML’s website. Thom has provided community-based outcomes through intensive community training in workshops in Canada, the US and Russia. From 1994-97, 2000-10 he acted as researcher, senior advisor and negotiator for several Coast Salish First Nations engaged in treaty, land claims and self-government negotiations. During this time he led traditional land use studies, place names inventory projects and field projects around culturally important places.

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