Native Land Digital is a Canadian not-for-profit organization, incorporated in December 2018. It is designed to be Indigenous-led, with an Indigenous Board of Directors who oversee and direct the organization. Numerous non-Indigenous people also contribute by being on our Advisory Council. The Board of Directors runs finances, sets priorities, and appoints staff members as required.
Native Land was created in 2015 by Victor Temprano, a settler hailing from Okanagan territory. You can see a biography and the old About page here to learn more about the roots of the project.
Leena Minifie is a Gitxaala (Tsimshian) communications, digital strategist and media producer. She is located in the unceded Coast Salish Territory of Vancouver. Leena holds a BA in Indigenous Studies and BFA in New Media from the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico. She has worked as a journalist for agencies such as Ricochet Media, CBC Radio One, CTV First Story, Native American Calling (US), APTN National News and acted as a freelance producer.
Shauna Johnson is Coast Salish from the Tsawout First Nation on her mother’s side and Tsimshian from Laxkwala’ams on her father’s side. She has a Master of Science degree in Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) and has specialized expertise in providing planning support for indigenous communities to revitalize and promote indigenous community planning research, methods and practices grounded firmly within indigenous laws, legal traditions and ways of knowing and being. She is a registered Applied Scientific Technologist (A.Sc.T.) and is currently working towards becoming a Registered Professional Planner (MIP, RPP). She has experience working with indigenous communities on housing strategies, comprehensive community plans, (CPP), strategic, land use (reserve based and watershed level based), environmental management, marine spatial/use plans (MSP/MUP), economic development plans and indigenous food systems projects. She is also an adjunct professor at University of British Columbia (UBC) in the School of Community of Regional Planning (SCARP) Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) program, mentoring, supervising and co-teaching ICP practicum students.
Lee Timutimu (a descendant of the Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Te Rangi, Tūhoe and Ngāti Porou tribes) is the founder and CEO of Arataki Cultural Trails, a tech company based in Tauranga, the largest city in the Bay of Plenty region, located on the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. Founded in 2016, Arataki is unique in that it is wholly owned and run by Māori tech entrepreneurs, all of whom bring their combined experience in Māori culture and language, cultural storytelling and not to mention IT experience. Arataki have developed NZ’s first proximity activated cultural content delivery platform, which utilises proximity tech (GPS, Bluetooth Beacon, QR, AR, NFC) to activate authentic cultural stories in-location. The tech they’ve developed completely in-house is aligned with the Native Lands initiative in regards to the use of geolocation and mapping technologies.
Mesiah Burciaga-Hameed is a 23 years young two-spirit afro-indigenous youth educator. They utilize their ancestors practices to bring about tangible change to the way we relate to time and our legacy. Mesiah grew up on the frontlines in Occupied Ohlone territory (Oakland California) and occupies Lene Lenape territory (New York City). Today Mesiah works on influencing a group of youth educators on subjects such as water rights, sovereignty, and earth stewardship. With these youth we are collectively creating a blueprint for how to be in deeper relation with our bloodline’s by honoring a timeline of truth.
Aaron Carapella is the owner of TribalNationsMaps.com, the most expansive print maps available of Indigenous territories worldwide. His maps are extensively researched and used widely in education. He is Cherokee and lives in Oklahoma with his wife. He has fought for Native rights for many years on issues like mascot removal, education reform, sacred site issues, and more, and lives within the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Stephanie Pyne is a highly experienced expert in fields that bring together Indigenous Studies and geography. She has a Ph.D. in Geography and Cartography and has worked on many mapping efforts with the Carleton Geomatics and Cartographic Research Center. She lives in Ontario, Canada, and is currently engaged in numerous projects.
Professor Pearce is interested in all things related to maps (especially, critical cartographies, geovisualization, and Indigenous cartographic history, map design, and cartographic language), and historical & cultural geography (especially, Indigenous geographies, historical landscapes of North America, Native and non-Native interactions, toponymy, and the themes of memory, experience, imagination, and narrative). Her approach to both cartography and geography is grounded in design and the humanities.
Dr. Tyler McCreary is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Florida State University. Born and raised in Smithers, British Columbia, his research examines how Indigenous-settler relations configure the politics of land, labour, and community in Canada.
This section in progress.
Big thanks to so many volunteers and emailers for helping keep us on our toes and trying to get things right! There have been hundreds of people involved in helping fix this map and improve it along the way.
Especial thanks to Travis Henry for his huge research and help with American nations, John Garcia in central America, and Whose.land for helping improve accuracy with treaties and territories across North America. Many more names should already be mentioned here, and we will add them in due time…
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