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GIS Day: March 2, 2022: Home

GIS Day: A University of Manitoba Libraries Virtual Event!

GIS Day Theme: Understanding BIPOC Lived Experiences Using Stories, StoryMaps, Maps and GIS Data Integration

Recently national and international events have drawn renewed attention to BIPOC lived experiences. Just his year many unmarked graves were discovered at or near former residential schools. In Winnipeg, two statues were toppled on grounds of the Manitoba Legislature.

What role might maps or Web maps play to address phenomenon or data that might be hidden from view?

Please use the Program and Presenters tabs above to view details about this year’s GIS Day.

Join us to learn what stories or details might reveal themselves through the maps presented!

The map below shows the population density of black, Indigenous and visible minorities by 2016 Census Dissemination Area near the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus in Winnipeg.

GISday at University of Manitoba


GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate.

What is GIS?


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer and mobile based systems used to capture, store, manage, analyze, use and display spatial or geographic data. With GIS, researchers can monitor trends and see what is happening in geographic space via electronic maps and 3D views, communicating information pertinent to specific locations.

GIS has emerged as an important technology for decision-making and analysis and has wide-spread use in many applications. It has been used to identify neighborhoods at risk, to follow political donations, for real estate site selection, for improved communication among emergency services, or for monitoring oil spills and/or resource extraction. It often is used in combination with multimedia to track journeys of artists or fictional characters, or the advance of civilizations using archaeological evidence. GIS may track wellness, bird populations and territories, slave trade migrations, road maintenance, or agricultural production.

The University of Manitoba (UM) is well equipped to help faculty, staff and students learn about and use GIS. The UM offers degrees and programs in environmental studies, geography, geomatics and remote sensing. GIS software is installed in many labs on campus and free one-year GIS licenses are available to UM faculty, staff and students.


This event may be photographed or recorded for promotional purposes.