We are so grateful that our online interactive map was awarded the October App of the Month by ESRI Canada! Here are some snippets from the article below. To read the full October App of the Month article please click here.


“The October App of the Month helps communities and government planners around Howe Sound/Átl’ḵa7tsem better understand the underwater world. Often, what lies beneath the water can be out of sight out of mind, but this map brings together diverse knowledge systems, including Indigenous, local and Western science, into a holistic and integrated tool.”






“Bridget John, a research assistant with Howe Sound/Átl’ḵa7tsem Marine Reference Guide, says they chose ArcGIS because “we wanted our map to be as user friendly as possible so people who don’t have any experience with mapping can access and understand the information easily. Esri technology greatly facilitates both of these objectives. We also chose Esri technology as it was compatible with other platforms and products that we frequently interact with, including GIS platforms used by government planners and maps created by NGOs who we partner with.”







“What’s really exciting about the Marine Reference Guide is what started off as a mapping project turned into much more than that. It became a way for people to engage in a collaborative approach to how we share information. It became a project that grew into other opportunities for research and for bringing the community together,” says Ruth Simons from the newly designated Átl’ḵa7tsem/Howe Sound Biosphere Region.”




Click here to read the full App of the Month article