Photo: Elder Matias, President & CEO of Mighty Oaks, chats with ABM’s Maynard Harry
Mighty Oaks’ CedarBox Provides Modern Solutions to a Complicated Process
“CedarBox is an invaluable resource that we use daily, I couldn’t imagine doing my job without it.”
That’s a glowing testimony from customer Rosie Child of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation in Klemtu BC, and music to the ears of the Mighty Oaks team, our national partners, who host, develop and service the secure, web-based application.
What is CedarBox? It’s the perfect organizational system for Indigenous communities looking to develop their traditional territories, maintain accurate historical geographical data, map their lands and effectively communicate with provincial and federal government on specific projects.
As the Data and Engagement Coordinator for her Nation Rosie says she enjoys that it allows her to “organize and track referrals in the Development App, store and review cultural heritage information in the Heritage App, and use all this spatial and aspatial information to inform decision making.”
Mighty Oaks describes it as ideal for promoting collaboration and managing consultation, heritage, fieldwork, GIS and council data to support Nation’s governance and economic development. It supports land stewardship in a way that focuses goals and manages information.
Kitselas First Nation, whose peoples have lived on their traditional territory (which stretches from the Pacific Ocean on BC’s North Coast to the Skeena River Valley) for 5,000 years, is an active user of the CedarBox application. They are a progressive Nation, seeking opportunities to support their citizens in creating sustainable economic and land development projects and businesses.
CedarBox, says Jane Hauser, Project Assessment Officer for the Kitselas Nation’s Land & Resources department, enables them to create more efficient record keeping as well as streamline the consultation and engagement process with their government counterparts. “I was not with Kitselas when they adopted CedarBox, but I believe our department (like many neighbouring First Nations) was struggling to keep a record of referrals and the associated engagement process with provincial and federal government in a meaningful way. We also wanted to track Kitselas-led stewardship and heritage projects and have all projects “talk” to each other. CedarBox has proved to be a good, fairly easy to use organizational tool for referrals processing and tracking.”
Mighty Oak’s Business Development Manager John Peirce is thrilled to see how well it works for their clients. “We are customer-focused in developing software that’s relevant and sustainable. Our talented development team makes my job easy with their determination to solve a wide variety of unique and challenging problems, so we can provide software solutions for our very diverse customer base.”
CedarBox may be one of their coolest applications, but Mighty Oaks also offers a wide variety of options when it comes to putting technology to work in the most effective way for their clients. To learn more about them, and about how CedarBox could benefit you, visit their website.