About Membertou Geomatics Solutions

Membertou Geomatics Solutions (MGS), a Mi'kmaq geomatics firm, was established in 2002 and became a commerically viable company for the community of Membertou. MGS offers a full range of Geomatics services and solutions to help turn data into visual representations of images that can provide a clear perspective of what's really going on. Our experienced technical team offer expertise and professional customer care through every step of the process, from needs assessment through final product delivery and analysis.

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Why Geomatics?

Geomatics - A Clear Perspective

Visualizing the big picture is a critical component of any successful project. Though Geomatics, you will gain a clear perspective into seeing the many layers of a situation and how they interact with one another. Membertou Geomatics Solutions provides the visual tools you need to gain that clear perspective. Our specialized services and customised solutions combine many complex pieces of information such as geographic, demographic and other data into logical, cohesive, visual representations.

Contact Membertou Geomatics Solutions to find out how we can provide the information you need to gain a clearer perspective

What is Geomatics?

Geomatics is the science of acquiring, storing, managing or manipulating spatial or geographic data. Advanced digital technologies are mouch more accurate and helpful the older forms of looking at the world such as aerial photography or 2D maps.

For Example, through the use of geomatics tools such as remote sensing and 3D software, two dimensional images can be manipulated into a three- dimensional virtual tours to provide a completly realistic view of a geographic location that can bring light to problem areas or challenges.

What is ISO?

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 160 countries that works to ensure consistency and quality in companies around the world. Through standardization, ISO provides a foundation that when followed enables organizations to optimize their activities, and confidently and efficiently work with other companies around the globe. In 2004, MGS became ISO certified in which we developed, and continue to develop and improve, a set of processes and procedures to enhance the quatliy of our services and solutions.

MGS utilizes custom templates for projects which include a project implementation schedule, project status report, work instructions, and check lists which are specific to each project.

During each project, all time is kept track through the project implementation schedule and updates are recorded in the project status reports on a time basis defined by the client or project.

Membertou and ISO

In January of 2002 Membertou received official notification of its ISO status, making Membertou the first aboriginal government in the world to become ISO 9001 certified.

Today, through strong leadership from Chief and Council, other senior members of management and adherence to ISO standards, Membertou continues to show the world that they have transparent and consistent management policies.


The Success Story

In 1995, the Membertou Band had 37 employees, was operating on a $4 million dollar budget while dealing with a $1 million dollar annual operating deficit.

The community was poor with low morale and a high unemployment rate. It was then that Chief Terrance Paul decided it was time for a major change. Click here for the full story

Membertou First Nation

Named after the Grand Chief Membertou (1510-1611), the community of Membertou Frist Nation belongs to the greater tribal group of the Mi'kmaq Nation.

Membertou is situated 3 kms from the heart of the city of Sydney, Nova Scotia, within its tribal district of Unamaki (Cape Breton).

Membertou is one of five Mi'kmaq communities in Cape Breton, and one of thirteen in the Province of Nova Scotia. Click here for more.