Rosanna Deerchild and Charlene Bearhead explore the giant floor map which accompanies the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada. Rosanna Deerchild, sitting to the left of Hudson Bay, finds her community, O-Pipon-Na-Piwin, or South Indian Lake on the map, in what is now known as the province of Manitoba. Indigenous communities in Canada finally on Google Maps More than 3,000 Indigenous communities in Canada have been added to Google Maps and Google Earth — and it's about time, Indigenous people say. Of Canada’s approximately 1.5 million Indigenous people, just 15 per cent speak their heritage languages at home. (CBC/Stephanie Cram). Lenard Monkman is Anishinaabe from Lake Manitoba First Nation, Treaty 2 territory. “There’s so much to learn in this one little spot, because it’s so different.” she said. “Maps have long been called a tool of colonialization. All rights reserved @ Radio Canada International 2018. This map is provisional. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. Just type in your address, and you'll be able to see what indigenous group(s) once lived there or nearby. Cartography has long been an imperial enterprise used to claim territory and to imagine the geographic reach of empires. Surveying and map-making had well-known implications in the 19th century, and Métis knew well enough that it would result in the erosion of our territory. "First and foremost, being an Indigenous person I feel it's very important to provide the true history of this land," said Jeremy Haines. “For the most part Indigenous people walk on the map and it makes sense and they are like, ‘I know where this is, I know the story of this place for my people,'” she said. They’ve carved out pieces of what was indigenous land and replaced them with neat lines of provinces and territories. The TRC culminated in 94 Calls to Action, and slowly but steadily the greater Canadian society is responding. "I felt it was very important for the students to look at the original territories of this land and not the boundaries that most maps show of Canada and the provinces," said Haines. Statistics can look grim, but a richer, more nuanced story is hidden within the numbers, says Onowa McIvor, associate professor of Indigenous education at the University of Victoria and an expert in language revitalization. Algonquin Nation Territory circa 1850–1867. All Indigenous peoples are map-makers of long-standing tradition. Encouraging a deeper knowledge of history and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Bearhead says this map will help Canadians do that. Boundaries are based on results of research to date and may change as discovered (Algonquin Nation Secretariat, 2018.) Cree students from Northern Québec were delighted with seeing the map for the first time. Created by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in conjunction with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Indspire. Indigenous peoples also use maps to re-inscribe older ways of understanding geographic spaces, to replace the lines of nation-states, provinces and other boundaries with borderlines and edges of our own. There are Indigenous territory maps for Mexico, Central and South America, Australia, and New Zealand. Contributing visuals, branding and design by. It reconceptualizes the world in ways that ignore ongoing Indigenous presence, usage and governance. “There’s so much to learn in this one little spot, because it’s so different.”. Without provincial or territorial boundaries, and the names, of cities and towns, the map outlines the varied Indigenous communities across the country, the languages spoken, and the treaties signed with the Crown. Haines teaches Grades 5 and 6 at Sister MacNamara school in downtown Winnipeg.