Mapping

Reflections on my job as Research Assistant for Native-Land

By sawya

Friday, June 29th, 2018

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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?

Building Native-Land.ca

By Victor Temprano

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

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

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.

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