Steve’s traditional name is Waterdrum Man. He is Anishinaabe from the Ebb and Flow First Nation and Lake Manitoba First Nation. Steve is also a founding director of the Firelight Group, a research group dedicated to providing community-based research and technical support through high-quality, evidence-based research that is respected by communities, as well as government and industry. Since 1998, Steve has worked as an award-winning cartographer and geographic information systems (GIS) specialist with indigenous groups across the country and internationally. He has engaged with numerous First Nations on land use planning and comprehensive community planning, from community facilitation to data and GIS analysis to drafting planning reports. He is also actively involved with training local and indigenous participants with mapping and GIS technologies, and founded the annual Indigenous Mapping Workshops (www.indigenousmaps.com).

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