This is a timely resource with the awareness and timeliness of discussions surrounding Indigenous land rights.
In particular, whose land are you or is your event currently on?
Territory acknowledgement is a way that people insert an awareness of Indigenous presence and land rights in everyday life. This is often done at the beginning of ceremonies, lectures, or any public event. It can be a subtle way to recognize the history of colonialism and a need for change in settler colonial societies.
Native-Land is a very graphical presentation of Indigenous territories.
There are two major representations.
The mechanics – the map you see is overlaid on a base map of the world where you can turn on modern English names. I found that very handy so that I could get my bearings for the political world that I know. The list of resources used for this presentation is impressive.
Like any good mapping program, you can zoom in and out and about to get to desired location. If you get lost, and it’s easy to do, a search on the top left corner of the screen can be helpful.
The site has a blog which provides extremely interesting background about the project. I found myself flipping between the map and the blog as I poked around. For the classroom, there is a section devoted to education. It also includes some very helpful questions to start the discussion. The territory acknowledgement area goes even further to explain the “why” and how to understand things respectfully. The first place to start, it seems to me, is to look at and understand why the territory map in no way aligns with the current political boundary maps. That opens the door for further deep discussions.
The information about the land follows your cursor as you navigate the map.
I just know that there are many people who are looking for a resource like this. They’ll appreciate you sharing Native-Land with them.