I'm Victor. I am a settler, born in traditional Katzie territory and raised in the Okanagan. I am concerned about many of the issues raised by using maps and colonial ways of thinking when it comes to maps. For instance, who has the right to define where a particular territory ends, and another begins? Who should I speak to about such matters?
There are over 630 different First Nations in Canada and I am not sure of the right process to map territories, languages, and treaties respectfully - and I'm not even sure if it is possible to do respectfully. I am not at all sure about the right way to go about this project, so I would very much appreciate your input.
I feel that maps are inherently colonial, in that they delegate power according to imposed borders that don't really exist in many nations throughout history. They were rarely created in good faith, and are often used in wrong ways. I am open to criticism about this project and I welcome suggestions and changes. Email me.
You can visit the Github page for information.
This map is a work in progress, and one that we can all improve by working together. Head over to the Community page to see the ways people have contributed already!
Big thanks to Shauna Johnson for helping get the Teacher's Guide started!
Thanks to everyone that has emailed to help with this project! Especial thanks to Travis Henry for his huge research and help with American nations.
Right now I can afford to pay out-of-pocket for this site, but as the team grows I need a better way to pay people. If you're interested in contributing or know of a grant that might help, please get in contact with me.