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Geoconnections is a user-friendly online source of geographical and other relevant information on the environment, natural resources, land use, and land categories delivered through an internet portal. The GeoConnections portal is a continuation of the Tourism Resource and Inventory Planning Project completed in March 2006 by the Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association (COTA). The primary purpose of the GeoConnections Portal is to assist the Cree in research, planning and decision-making required for the development and management of lands and resources in Eeyou Istchee. This project was carried out jointly by COTA and the CTA and funded in part by the GeoConnections Program of Natural Resources Canada and financial contributions from COTA and CTA. The portal is an important tool for CTA’s future in land use, planning and management of the traplines of Eeyou Istchee. This multi year project has cabin location maps, trapline boundary maps, insurance and trapline transfer information. In the future harvesting data, the local fur officer reports as well as dditional reports and data files will be added to the geoportal. During 2007- 2008 Niskamoon and the Cree Nation of Mistissini joined in the Geoportal project as proponents. A user’s needs assessment was completed to identify how best to proceed with a second phase in 2008-2009. The GeoConnections Program funded a second phase of this project for 2009-2010. All of the objectives have been achieved. The Association will continue to modify this tool with our Cree entity partners.

During 2010-2011 the four Cree entity partners participated in a study of the potential return on investment (ROI) cost of the Geoportal. This study was funded by the Geoconnections Program. The ROI study demonstrates that over time there should be cost savings in using the Geoportal for ongoing administration of the Cree Trappers Association and our three Cree entity partners.