Community Burial Site Mapping & Protection
August 21, 2023
CES is supporting Lac Seul First Nation as the community embarks on an extremely important gravesite mapping initiative determined to locate, assess, and protect burial grounds. In this project, Elder testimony gathered during engagement sessions was combined with historical data to inform a map of locations that would be later ground truthed with a survey-grade GPS, and further examined using both LiDAR and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology. The results are detailed sub-surface models called radargrams that help to identify potential disturbances underground, and thus potential gravesites. As the project continues, this important work will look at the future of these sites and how they can be best protected.