Every stretch of land on this planet belongs to Mother Nature which is home to her children, Indigenous peoples, and now an interactive map, Native Land, aims to chart Indigenous territories of North America and Canada for “the sake of helping people get interested and engaged”.
Native-Land.ca is a resource to help North Americans learn more about their local history. It’s designed to help people see what Indigenous territories and languages might have and still do exist around North America. Treaties are also mapped.
Set up by Vancouver-based Victor Gerard Temprano, the resource is an ongoing project with more territories being added by user input. The interactive map is also available as an app, Native Land, on the App Store.
The site, which Victor Gerard Temprano set up in 2015, allows users to browse a global map or search by a zip or postal code and see Indigenous representations.
The Native Land founder is in the early stages of turning the project into an Indigenous-led non-profit operation. More and more, he’s seen the site being used by Indigenous users, sharing it with their networks because their territories aren’t seen on many contemporary maps. He said putting the resource in the hands of those whom it stands to represent is crucial.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea