Our Services

We work with communities to help build capacity and support sustainable development through land use planning, mapping, traditional knowledge collection, capacity building, economic advancement and project management. Our skills are always growing and so are our services. No matter the project, we produce quality work that is community-driven.  

GIS and Mapping

Using GIS technologies, we work with our clients to identify project needs and implement creative solutions. Our GIS staff are graduates of top-tier Canadian GIS programs, with over 35 combined years of extensive professional experience.

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system that allows us to capture, analyze, interpret, and display spatial (geographic) data.

GIS gives us the power to bring each First Nation community's information into a digital format, providing a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between its geographic features. GIS simplifies decision making by providing access to new, accurate information that results in informed decisions.

Northern Ontario GIS
GIS Project Examples
  • Traditional knowledge data collection and mapping
  • Historical and cultural mapping
  • Strategic community planning
  • Land use planning and development
  • New development site selection
  • Infrastructure inventories
  • Natural resource monitoring
  • Route/corridor selection
  • Watershed analysis
  • Emergency preparedness
From Paper to Digital
Convert your paper maps into highly organized digital products. Our map conversion services include:
  • Map Scanning – Creating digital copies of paper maps
  • Map Geo-referencing – Giving scanned maps real world coordinates
  • Digitizing – Creating a database of spatially identified features
  • Data Conversion and Clean-up
  • Data Management and Secure Hosting
    Professional Map Products
    Our team of experienced cartographers prides itself in creating professional map products, designed to meet all your criteria.
    • Custom-designed cartography products
    • In-house map printing services
    • Custom mapbooks
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    Land Use Planning

    The Community-Based Land Use Planning process defines a vision for the future use of traditional and community land for First Nations in Canada. This vision is carried out by establishing guidelines for protection of cultural and natural values and sustainable development.

    At CE Strategies, we understand that effective land use plans are driven by the communities themselves. Our goal is to ensure guidelines are compatible with a community’s needs and values by working closely with community members and leadership.

    First Nation Land Use Planning
    “Our community has been working with CE Strategies on our land use planning strategy. We have found them to be approachable and results-driven. The end result is going to be very helpful. I would definitely recommend their services.”Ken Wavy, Mishkeegogamang Ojibway First Nation

    Each land use plan is tailored to the specific community. The skilled CE Strategies Land Use Planning team guides the entire planning process, meeting all requirements, and ensuring the vision of the community is represented.

    Community-Based Land Use Plan Components
    • Traditional land use areas
    • Culturally significant areas
    • Natural resources (forestry, water, mining, fish, wild rice, etc.)
    • Infrastructure (hydro lines, sewers, roads, water treatment facilities, etc.)
    • Areas for economic development
    • Environment (soil, water, wildlife, plant life, etc.)
    • Emergency preparedness
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    First Nations Value Component Planning
    “I have worked with CE Strategies to develop a Land Use Plan for our community. The project was completed ahead of schedule. Very professional. Interviews conducted with community members were done in a respectful manner. Traditional Knowledge was part of the planning process and done in a way that reflects our Anishinaabe lifestyle. The Plan itself assisted the community in accessing other pots of funding. It showed funders that we know what we want as a community. The community is excited to see their thoughts and dreams put on paper for them to see. It is a living breathing document that can be changed and altered as time goes by. Miigwetch to CE Strategies.”Allan Yerxa Sr., Lands & Resources Coordinator, Couchiching First Nation

    Traditional Knowledge

    Collecting traditional knowledge is essential to environmental, spiritual, and cultural knowledge being passed down to future generations. Our tried and true interview techniques provide a means for the effective recording and preservation of traditional knowledge for First Nations in Canada.

    Our specialists have had the privilege of conducting elder interviews with many First Nation communities over the past 15 years. With our experience and proven methodology, CE Strategies conducts professional, respectful, and confidential interviews. Shared knowledge is documented, and can then be converted to a digital format, stored in a secure GIS database.

    This process preserves inter-generational knowledge, helps First Nations easily determine the impact of any new development on traditional lands, and aids in the protection of culturally significant areas.

    First Nation Traditional Knowledge Values Mapping
    “These flooding damage studies would be impossible without your excellent interview work and mapping.”Leo Waisberg, Seven Oaks Consulting Inc.

    Economic Growth

    Economic stability and growth are important factors in achieving community self-sufficiency. Focusing on the strengths of each First Nation, CE Strategies delivers customized tools that provide the groundwork for future planning, sustainability, and economic development.

    The Economic Development Process
    • Community Profile
    • An essential starting point for any community, this comprehensive document communicates the demographic, cultural, economic, and social characteristics of a community.
    • Infrastructure Inventory
    • The best way to keep an up-to-date, central inventory that monitors the locations, details, and conditions of all infrastructure.
    • Needs Assessment and Gaps Analysis
    • Ushering a community toward a prosperous future by examining its current state, and determining future steps that address areas of improvement.
    • Sector/Market Analysis
    • Identifying areas of improvement by thoroughly analyzing a community’s existing markets.
    • Marketing Plan Development
    • Attracting new business and economic opportunities to enhance sectors most important to each area.
    • Strategic Plan
    • Planning economic growth by establishing a timeline with actionable steps that provide opportunities, goals, and a sense of direction that encourage a healthy economic future.

    Training and Capacity Building

    Building capacity is a key component of self-sufficiency, sustainability, and future success for First Nation communities. Our staff provides personalized training that promotes skill building and individual growth. Training courses are customized for each client, ensuring a unique learning experience.

    Training Courses Include:
    • GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and GPS
    • General Computer Skills
    • Grant and Report Writing
    • Office Management
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    Our training programs are flexible - choose from individual or group instruction, and with our mobile computer classroom, training can take place in our office or at a location of your choice.

    We deliver courses designed for all capabilities and needs. Our team of experienced professionals provide the assistance you need to fully understand course material. Training sessions are hands on, containing a high level of user interaction.

    First Nation Training and Capacity Building

    Project Management

    We aim to exceed client expectations by applying the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques required for success in every project. Our community driven approach emphasizes communication and ensures success.

    Our mission is to organize a project strategy that meets the needs of the client. We help secure funding, and coordinate project budgeting by establishing realistic timelines and milestones. Our team ensures project documentation is accurate, maintained, and consistently delivered.

    • Scope
    • Stakeholder Management
    • Human Resources
    • Time
    • Budget Management

    • Integration
    • Communications
    • Risk Management
    • Quality
    • Procurement
    First Nation Project Management

    Interested in our services? Contact us to find out more.
    We look forward to hearing from you!

      CE Strategies
      (807) 285-0530
      8a Cumberland St N, Suite 203
      Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4K9