Victor Temprano

Approaching Africa

By Victor Temprano

Friday, April 30th, 2021

When it comes to the Native Land map, we’re always trying to balance two big goals: expanding the map versus improving the map where we already have shapes. We have been getting a lot of questions about why areas in Africa are not mapped out, and while this has long been on our goal list, […]

2021 AGM

By Victor Temprano

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

Our Annual General Meeting will be held Sat Feb 6, 2021 4:30pm – 5:30pm. It will be held via Zoom and the general public is invited to attend!

Executive Director of Native Land Digital

By Victor Temprano

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Executive Director Full or part-time, depending on applicant Email resume to [email protected] Native Land Digital is hiring again! We are looking for an enthusiastic and engaged Indigenous person to help lead the Native Land Digital organization. This position is for an Executive Director, which means that you will be responsible for numerous high-level functions in […]

AGM Announcement and New Hiring Position

By Victor Temprano

Sunday, January 5th, 2020

Hello friends and allies! We’re excited to be starting off a new year strong this year. You’ll see a lot of changes coming in the next year to Native Land, new features, and new faces. We have our Annual General Meeting on January 31st, at the Vancouver Central Library in Vancouver, BC, Canada, at […]

Using Data for Food Environment Mapping for Indigenous Communities and Populations

By Victor Temprano

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

This is a guest post on Native Land. See more about this project at For the published article, see Authors: Dani Kogan, Gabriella Luongo, Catherine L. Mah Introduction Recently, I was asked to create a map to visually represent the Indigenous populations reported in a scoping review of the retail food environment and health in […]

Native Land 2019 Roadmap Update

By Victor Temprano

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Hello everyone. We had a very busy Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the site, with over 250 000 views! Thank you so much for all your support, fixes, suggestions, and comments. The site keeps growing and we keep growing as an organization. I wanted to update the roadmap – I realized I have not done so […]

It Begins! The Birth of Native Land Digital

By Victor Temprano

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Hello everyone! Victor here. So, I know I have been awfully slow about it, but at last the Native Land organization has come together in such a way that we can get started for real. We received the formal incorporation documents just the other day, and we are officially now “Native Land Digital”. Lots of […]

Native Land roadmap update

By Victor Temprano

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Hello everyone! It’s been a few months, and a hot summer, since I posted the roadmap. We’ve made a lot of progress since then and a lot has happened. There’s still a very long way to go, but I’m definitely more confident and feeling like things are moving. Here’s a quick list of some things […]

Native Land Roadmap

By Victor Temprano

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

See the update to this post from late August 2018, detailing some of the progress we’ve made. Hey everyone. In the past month or so — stemming originally from a YesMagazine article — our popularity has shot up immensely. We’ve had over 100,000 visitors in the past week, and a lot of comments, fixes, thoughts, […]

What is “territory”?

By Victor Temprano

Monday, April 9th, 2018

The most popular layer on the Native Land map — and the one I have turned on by default — is the “territories” layer. This is a bit of a paradox, because it’s both the most intuitively understandable layer and the most complicated to explain. The territories layer began as something quite straightforward: mapping something […]

Native Land, in transition

By Victor Temprano

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Hey! Victor here. Anyway, lately you might have noticed Native Land getting more active on social media. We have a new Communications Manager, Lydia Prince! I’ll introduce Lydia in another post, but first, people should know about what’s going on with Native Land. It’s all pretty exciting. It’s been like 3 (maybe 4?) years since […]

The Importance of Sourcing Properly

By Victor Temprano

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

You know, when I started Native Land, I really meant to keep up with the sources. I wanted to be diligent about it and document everything properly. The best intentions! But along the way, things fall off. You get frantic about changes, or hear a correction in person, or forget after a long, long night […]

Land Area – Canada & Land Claims Agreements

By Victor Temprano

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Recently, I got an email from someone in Nunavut asking for some information about relative sizes of land agreements, compared to the overall land area of Canada. I’m not sure exactly what the information was being used for, but I thought it was interesting and I wanted to illustrate it here.

User Archive 2-2015

By Victor Temprano

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

This is part of a series of posts illustrating how updates are made to the site together with some really great help from users.

A Question of Borders

By Victor Temprano

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

One of the most distinctive things about the Native Land maps are the borders. They overlap crazily and make a huge mess of colours. Why’s that?


By Victor Temprano

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Read a little bit about the work behind (post originally written for

What Year Does the Map Represent?

By Victor Temprano

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Does time really matter on maps? Of course it does. But how you map time depends on the purpose of your map.

The Blog.

By Victor Temprano

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Victor here. This is the start of the Native Land blog.

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