East Kootenay/Elk Member Workshop

October 29, 2016


The East Kootenay/Elk Fall 2016 Member Workshop was held in Cranbrook on October 29th.

Members had asked for an Introduction to QGIS Workshop, so we invited members and partners in to learn QGIS.



Richard Johnson of Slocan SWAMP leads the QGIS workshop in Cranbrook October 29th.

9:30 – 3:00 Introduction to QGIS

3:00 – 3:30 Soup and bannock break, thanks to Frybread for Funz

3:30 – 5:30 Member Discussion



  • 16 participants attended the QGIS workshop
  • the QGIS session served participants from Ktunaxa Nation land and resources office, area local governments, and local consulting firms that use some mapping in reports, as well as CBWN Member groups.
  • The member discussion was attended by Mainstreams Environmental Society, Mark Creek Recovery, Columbia Basin Water Quality Monitoring Program, Elk River AllianceSWAMP program, Columbia Lake Stewardship Society and Tie Lake Property Owners. Lake Windermere Ambassadors sent regrets.
  • Along with member group updates, the groups discussed opportunities for new work or collaboration
    • Stewardship perspectives for sustainable funding
      • Ecoasset valuation and management by local governments and provincial agencies
      • Commitments to enforcement and governance by all parties
    • Collaboration between groups and with government and industry
    • Education and engagement remains important as it increases the voice of stewardship.
    • Youth involvement in groups is important to secure the continued practice of stewardship.
  • Opportunities for future collaboration are in discussion with the Columbia Basin Water Quality Monitoring Program