GeoPortal for Eeyou Istchee


Background Information

This section provides additional resources relevant to the Cree user. It provides direct links to other Web-based sources of geospatial information about the territory. It also provides access to sites of other Cree entities.

Natural Resources Canada Free Digital Topographic Data

As of April 1, 2007, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) began offering its electronic topographic mapping data for free over the Internet. Topographic data describe lakes, rivers, elevations, roads, railways, administrative boundaries, and other landscape features. This information is used by governments, academia, and the private sector to produce maps for Canadians.

As well as waiving access fees, NRCan is now permitting people to freely redistribute this data, helping to ensure that users receive accurate and consistent information. NRCan makes its data collections available through GeoGratis ( ). GeoGratis is a portal provided by the Earth Sciences Sector of NRCan that provides geospatial data at no cost via a Web browser.


For technical questions contact:
Brian Lewis
Director/Cartographic Services
1001 Lenoir. Suite B-525
Montreal, QC, H4C 2Z6
Tel: 514.937.3113 ext.205
Fax: 514.937.5114

Metadata is information that describes and makes it easier to retrieve a particular dataset. Metadata is often called data about data or information about information. A sustainable geospatial dataset requires that geo-spatial data be accompanied by metadata. A good metadata scheme will document the information necessary to use a dataset with full knowledge of its necessary characteristics. This important information is then shared between different organizations that have interest in the same dataset.

The Cree datasets included in the GeoPortal were documented as two main data collections. The one for COTA, which includes the TRIPP database with layers of information such as outfitters, canoe routes, snowmobile trails, campsites, portages etc. and the one for CTA, which includes the cabins locations and the trapline and harvest databases. For these dataset collections the following information was recorded: title of the data, description of the data, the creator of the data and metadata, relevant contacts and contributors to the data, source of the data, language the data is in, geographic coverage, the spatial reference system and the rights regarding the data.