Whose Land is a web-based app that uses GIS technology to assist users in identifying Indigenous Nations, territories, and Indigenous communities across Canada. The app can be used for learning about the territory your home or business is situated on, finding information for a land acknowledgement, and learning about the treaties and agreements signed across Canada. Educational videos are available to watch that will give you a better understanding of why land acknowledgements are important, and the way Indigenous people view their relationship to land. The app consists of six different maps of Indigenous territories, Treaties, and First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities. Each community's location will eventually host a land acknowledgement video, and other information that the community would like to include on their page. The app will be used as an educational tool to create dialogue around reconciliation. It will be a starting point for conversation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens across this country about land, territorial recognition and land acknowledgement.
Whose Land is the product of a shared vision between BOLD Realities, TakingITGlobal, and Canadian Roots Exchange, who identified the need to create a platform to increase knowledge and awareness of Indigenous territories, communities and Treaties and to help create dialogue around Indigenous territory recognition and acknowledgement.
Whose.land was pleased to partner with Native-Land in the development of our platform. We worked closely with the Native-Land team to build on their existing data rather than re-creating their work. When our research efforts identified gaps in their data, they were contributed back and have been incorporated into their platform as well, forming an improved data set that we are both committed to sharing openly. We also contracted Native-Land's founder Victor Temprano to develop some of the mapping customizations that powers our different homepage map views.