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Our Wonderful, Wily API

Native Land Digital has provided an open, relatively easy API since the early days — ever since Canadian Encyclopedia asked us to develop an embed that they could use across their website. Since then, as the site’s data has grown, the API has also grown and it’s been used in many fantastic projects. A couple […]

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Organizing Research: The JIRA App

Here at Native Land Digital, we’ve put things together as they come. This organization and project didn’t start out with a grand vision and a comprehensive Business Plan — it started with an idea and putting in some work to get the thing moving. But, over the years, we’ve had to continually improve our processes […]

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On Tribal Lands – Junior Ranger Activity Book

Guest blog post by Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

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Africa: Bit by Bit

We’re now getting underway with attempting to tackle mapping out different Indigenous groups in Africa. You can read a bit about the initial approach and how confusing everything is in the first post in this series, Approaching Africa. We’ve now had a few conversations with different people who specialize or are from different regions of […]

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Approaching Africa

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, […]

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Becoming An Active Agent of Reconciliation

Hi there! My name is Lucas, and I’m a senior student at Gleneagle Secondary in Coquitlam, BC. I took some interest in traditional Indigenous knowledge and culture when I was younger, but it wasn’t really until my high school years when I started to delve more deeply into what it meant to be a Canadian. […]

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The Land You Live On: Native Land Digital @ UBC

You are invited to join Native Land’s Executive Director, Christine McRae, for a virtual session with the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST, 9:00 am PST.   This session will feature discussions of colonization, land rights, language, and Indigenous history tied to […]

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Introducing Native Land’s Executive Director

Native Land Digital is very excited to introduce our new Executive Director, Christine McRae! Christine is an Omàmìwininì Madaoueskarini Anishinaabekwe (a woman of the Madawaska River Algonquin people) and belongs to the Crane Clan, and is of mixed Polish, Irish, German and Swedish heritage. Christine was raised in a small town on the eastern border […]

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It Begins! The Birth of Native Land Digital

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 […]

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Native Land roadmap update

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 […]

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Reflections on my job as Research Assistant for Native-Land

I am Victor Sauca, a Saraguro Kichwa from Ecuador currently working as the Research Assistant for Native Land from the ancestral, unceded lands of the Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh people in what is now-called Vancouver, Canada. I acknowledge I came here to this beautiful land as an uninvited guest and without any idea of the presence […]

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Native Land Roadmap

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, […]

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What is “territory”?

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 […]

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Native Land, in transition

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 […]

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The Importance of Sourcing Properly

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 […]

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Land Area – Canada & Land Claims Agreements

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.

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User Archive 2-2015

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

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A Question of Borders

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?

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Building Native-Land.ca

Read a little bit about the work behind Native-Land.ca. (post originally written for Codementor.com)

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What Year Does the Map Represent?

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

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The Blog.

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