The Union of BC Indian Chiefs and Ecotrust co-published Living Proof, The Essential Data-Collection Guide for Indigenous Use-and-Occupancy Mapping in 2009. This non-profit, 468-page book required five full-time working years to research and write. It represents a synthesis of best practices that emerged from a systematic, six-pronged approach, the components of which were:
A thorough review of grey and published literature related to cultural mapping
Interviews (120 recorded hours and 1,300 transcript pages) with 110 of the most senior practitioners, technicians, interviewers, authors, administrators and lawyers from across North America who are professionally involved with use-and-occupancy mapping (and whose collective working experience with it was more than 1,000 years)
Attendance at eight aboriginal map conferences
The conducting of real-world pilot surveys in a number of Canadian provinces and Australian states, to deliberately test techniques and approaches learned during the practitioner interviews
A thorough peer-review process that involved 42 different readers
The hiring of a professional reader with mapping experience, to critique the book for content, conceptual integrity and coherence
Considered by many to be the authoritative methods text for use-and-occupancy mapping, Living Proof won the 2010 Alcuin National Book Design Award for the Reference Book category. Ecotrust Canada had the book translated into Inuktitut. International appeal has been high, as reflected by the fact that of the many funders the Australian Government made the second highest contribution. The 4,500 printed hard copies sold out quickly.