Cedar Box Apps (“Cedar”) are secure integrated web-based applications for (1) promoting Stewardship Office team collaboration and (2) managing consultation, heritage, fieldwork and GIS data – all to support your Nation’s cultural revitalization and economic development.

CBA started development on Cedar some 10 years ago and the Apps are now in use in over a dozen BC Nations. You can find out more about Cedar features at www.cedarbox.ca.

Cedar is the only Indigenous community-based data management tool that fully integrates rich TUS/TEK data collection and management with project/referrals tracking and analysis.

CBA offer Cedar-based training: see Training

  Development App
Track and analyze project and permit applications, including Crown referrals


  • Contacts Relationship Manager
  • Rich per-Project information
  • Geographic Information data uploads in several formats
  • Spatial Analysis (Proximity Reports) versus any App layer
  • Upload planning layer Shapefiles
  • Email Harvesting (with Files)
  • Team Discussion
  • Tags and Project Groups
  • To Do Tasks
  • Desktop GIS Live-Link

  Heritage App
Gather and manage traditional ecological knowledge


  • Contacts Relationship Manager
  • Manage Heritage Projects
  • Manage Interviews
  • Documents (Items) cataloging
  • Dublin Core metadata fields on Items
  • Researcher fields on Items
  • Items: Collections and Tags
  • Powerful search, full-text attachments search (and excerpts)
  • Geographic Information data uploads in several formats
  • Named Place database (list and map)
  • Case Briefs
  • Synopses
  • NEW! Integrated Community Map
  • NEW! Web Feature Service Layer ingest

  Ecosystems App
Manage Ecosystem Projects, GIS layers and Species lists


  • Contacts Relationship Manager
  • Manage your Ecosystems GIS database (cataloging)
  • Manage Species (animals list, plants list) database
  • Upload key Ecosystem spatial layers for Proximity Reports
  • Ecosystem integration into DevelopmentApp and HeritageApp

Cedar Versions

Cedar 8 – Fully integrated Heritage, Development and Ecosystems web applications; coded using Python/Django/PostGIS – Used by Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations, Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nations, Kitselas Nation, Nuxalk Nation, and others

Cedar 7 – Focus on Crown referrals tracking; coded using PHP/Drupal/PostGIS – Used by: Metlakatla Nation, Heiltsuk Nation, KItsumkalum Nation, and others. Note: Cedar 7 is no longer under development.

Cedar Tour

Please contact us for a full interactive demo of the Cedar Apps. Here are some screen-grabs of the Apps in action.

  • 1. The main landing or splash page for Cedar Apps version 8.1
  • 2. The Contacts section People cards. Each Person detail has phone numbers, addresses, emails, notes, organizations and Development Project links
  • 3. Contacts section, Organization cards. Clicking on a card brings up details including a list of associated Persons
  • 4. The Heritage App dashboard, with links to all the Heritage App content. You can see at a glance the total number of posts to each content type. In this demo site, there are 13 Projects and 11 cataloged Items.
  • 5. The Heritage App Projects page, showing Projects as cards. Mousing over a card with display statistics of that Project, including number of Interviews.
  • 6. Heritage Items list and filters. Filter by name, Collection, Tag, Date, ID or several other fields.
  • 7. List of Heritage App Named Places content. These place descriptions are a living toponym database that have a specific spatial location. Researchers may fill out descriptions and link Heritage Items (documents) to Places. Video, audio and image galleries can also be added.
  • 8. A list of all the GIS Layers loaded into the geodatabase via the Heritage App. While we manage the GIS Layers in each App's Layers page, the Layers are available to Spatial Reports for spatial proximity queries.
  • 9. Researcher can select some Named Places content and present it as a Community-Based Research Map ("Community Map"), and publish the map to, for example, the Nation's school. Clicking on a point, line or polygon brings up the Named Place's Indigenous name, common name, description, gallery, video and audio.
  • 10. The Development App dashboard has cards that link to the main App content. Note the "Harvest mail" button. At any time, Referrals Officers or Managers can run the MailHarvest sub-system which will collectemail and attachments and organize them into the correct Project Proposal (referral) page.
  • 11. The key page for Referrals Managers: the Development App Projects page. This page has powerful filter tool and a button to generate tidy reports, You can search Projects by Nation ID, government ID, porponent ID, proponent contact, government contact, date, filing code (type), status level, tags, communcation (email body or subject), full text of attachments, and even what text has been written in the Project's team Discussion.
  • 12. Development App Project Details page. All the important information (e.g. fields) you need for each proposed or permitted project, including but not limited to Crown referrals. Each detail page is tabbed out into: Details (all those wonderful fields), Location, Files, Communications, and Discussion. Clicking the handy Report button generates a composite multi-page report of the Project, including a nice map and lists of Files, Communications and Discussion.
  • 13. Find any uploaded or MailHarvested file in the App (this page exists for Heritage and Ecosystems Apps too).
  • 14. File Search with Excerpts and Report, in Development App. Using this interface, the Projects team can find all files that pertain to a specific project, location or proponent. The ability to immediately see the context around a search term (an "excerpt") is very useful for research. Excerpts can be downloaded as a comma separated value (CSV) file and explored in a spreadsheet (e.g. MS Excel).
  • 15. Ecosystems App dashboard. Manage Ecosystem Projects, GIS Layers, Files (Library), Plant and Animal databases, and Communications (email, phone calls, faxes).
  • 16. A list of all Ecosystem Projects being managed in the Ecosystem App. Communications and files can be stored in each Project, and MailHarvest can automate the gathering of email and attachments.
  • 17. A simple Plant database with links to what other App content links to it. For example, a Plant species may be 'tagged' in a Heritage Item, or in a Development Project
  • 18. Spatial Tools dashboard. Manage Spatail (GIS) Layers and Spatial Reports here.
  • 19. Spatial (Proximity) Reports List showing each Report, the Distance cap (beyond which spatial query does not return hots), and Report on layers (current focal Layer).
  • 20. Spatial Report map. Showing on an interactive map where there is overlap or adjacency between a target ("Report On") Layer or Layers (e.g. a Development Project, Crown referral), and one or more query ("Report Against") Layers. In this example, we asked Cedar to show all the BC Parks near a proposed (fake) tanker route.