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‘Heritage potential’ map aims to help urban planners preserve history – Folio

by ahnationtalk on July 5, 201861 Views

U of A anthropology student maps out likely sites of local First Nations archeological heritage.

A University of Alberta student created a model to determine areas of potential archeological and heritage significance to help policy makers, urban planners and developers make better-informed decisions about where to set urban developments.

“In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we need to better understand there are places within and around Edmonton that are important to First Nations people,” said Katherine Gadd, who undertook the project as a requirement for a senior-level advanced geographic information systems course for her master’s that saw students systematically look into ways to make Edmonton more livable by relying on geospatial data. “I know the City of Edmonton feels strongly about preserving the city’s heritage.

“People have been in this area for more than 10,000 years, and we need to better recognize and preserve that history.”

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