Michael H. Weiler, M.A. is a Senior Associate of Mi’kma’ki All Points Services with the portfolio of Research Coordinator and GIS Manager. His current research fields at MAPS are primarily land and resource-related issues, ATK (Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge), and Species at Risk.
An anthropologist/geographer with an M.A. degree in Cultural Anthropology (Bonn 1982), he has studied in Bonn (Germany), in Lima (Peru), and at McGill University in Montreal. He has also received training in GIS (Geographic Information System) at the College of Geographic Sciences in Lawrencetown, NS.
Since 1985 he has been working with, and for, First Nation communities and organizations such as the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Quebec, the Naskapi First Nation in northern Quebec, the Innu Nation in Labrador, the Mushkegowuk Cree First Nations in northern Ontario, and the James Bay Cree. He has also carried out research projects for Parks Canada and the Ministère de Loisir, Chasse & Pêche (Quebec).
Michael has been recognized by the Provincial Court in Newfoundland as an expert witness in issues relating to Naskapi First Nation land use in a case in which he testified on behalf of Naskapi defendants.
Between 1998 and 2009, Michael had been working for the TARR Centre (Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Centre) in Indian Brook, Nova Scotia, in the capacity of traditional land use researcher and GIS manager.
Michael has also been active in capacity building by teaching basic GIS and traditional use interview techniques at various First Nation organizations.