Annual General Meeting 2021

Free registration for the 2021 Annual General Meeting and Winter Workshop is now open!

Join us on Wednesday, February 17th for the 2021 AGM and Winter Workshop. This year’s AGM and Winter Workshop will be held online and there is no cost so don’t miss out! You can register for the event on eventbrite: MGUG 2021 Annual General Meeting and Winter Workshop

Call for board members!

We will be electing a new board of directors at the upcoming AGM. Currently we are looking to fill vacancies so please consider applying if you are interested in helping out in any capacity by filling out a nomination form. (Yes – you can nominate yourself!)

Feel free to email if you have any questions and we would be glad to provide more information.

The Agenda!



Les Mitchell
Fusarium Head Blight Risk Mapping

An overview of the Fusarium Head Blight Risk mapping program implemented by Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development.




Meg Miller
Collaboration in Education with University of Manitoba Libraries

University of Manitoba Campus Libraries have been building capacity in data visualization services, supporting over twenty programs who are conducting geospatial research. This presentation will showcase GIS projects and initiatives at the University of Manitoba and discuss potential future collaborations.



Sean Frey
The global geomatics infrastructure – OpenStreetMap

This presentation will:
Introduce OpenStreetMap,
Highlight useful applications of the data,
Demonstrate three different ways to edit OpenStreetMap,
Discuss why GIS users from every organization should be actively participating in the project.


Timi Ojo / Alison Sass
Spatial Autocorrelation of Weather Parameters

The Manitoba Agriculture Weather Program manages a network of 110 weather stations. These stations monitor air temperature, humidity, precipitation, wind speed, wind direction, solar radiation, barometric pressure as well as soil moisture and soil temperature at 5, 20, 50 and 100 cm depths. Using Inverse Distance Weighing (IDW), maps covering the agricultural region of Manitoba are created from interpolating point datasets. This presentation provides information on the Manitoba Agriculture Weather Program; examines the spatial autocorrelation of weather parameters and explores the use of space-time cube for soil moisture visualization.



Folarin Solademi & Shirley Thompson
Mapping of Pollution Levels in Mission Industrial Area and South St. Boniface

A seven-month analysis of pollution levels for particulate matter (PM2.5) in air, toxic metals in snow, and noise was undertaken and mapped in the Mission Industrial Area (MIA) and South St. Boniface (SSB) neighbourhood in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Daytime respirable fine particulate matter (PM2.5) was monitored by Dylos DC 1700 PM air quality monitor and A-weighted noise level measurements by Reed Digital Sound Level Meter. Evaluation of toxic metals (lead, chromium, arsenic, nickel, mercury and zinc) in the snow were measured and compared to different pollution indices, including contamination factor (cf), degree of contamination (cd) and pollution load index (PLI) for heavy metals. We used kriging interpolation spatial analysis tool on ArcMap 10.6 to identify hotspots for heavy metals, particulate matter (PM2.5), and noise pollution, considering variability. The maps of metal concentrations displayed that all toxic metal concentrations, but particularly Pb, Ni, Zn, Cr, and Hg, are the highest proximate to the scrap metal shredder. Mapping showed the highest pollution levels for PM2.5, contaminant factors (cf) and noise were downwind of IM, radiating out, but reducing and remaining significantly above background levels. The noise levels regularly exceeded the city by-law level in the MIA, on the properties adjacent to the scrap metal shredder. This research found high particulate matter, toxic heavy metals and noise levels adjacent to the scrap metal shredding operation in IM, suggesting the need for regulatory action to enclose the shredder for pollution control.


Keshab Thapa / Shirley Thompson
Decolonizing Indigenous Territories: Proposed Food-shed Approach to Identifying the Traditional Territory of an Anishininew Nation.

Indigenous Peoples in Canada have been negotiating with Canadian Governments to self-govern their traditional territory by Indigenous customary law and institutions. We explore in this presentation whether the community defining traditional territory based on community use and occupancy provides supports for this approach. We used the moose hunting sites of 49 Wasagamack Anishiniwuk to create buffers in ArcGIS. We merged those individual buffer areas to create a food-shed analysis of the community. As hunting and cultural activities on lands are key for the livelihoods of Wasagamack Anishiniwuk, food-shed approach integrates both Anishiniwuk and scientific perspectives of land demarcation, which can be an evidence of negotiation for them to self-govern their traditional territory. Food-shed approach can contribute to the decolonization of Indigenous territories by bringing Indigenous priorities of food harvesting and cultural practices in traditional territory as an important strategy to protect sacred lands against mining, exploration and industrial development.