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Reclaiming Indigenous Land & Language

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day we teamed up with the Firelight Group and their Indigenous Mapping Collective to discuss the different ways one can reclaim Indigenous land and language through mapping.

Our incredible intern Emma Cape hosted and shared her experience working with 7000 Languages. She spoke about creating different Ojibwe courses rooted in land-based learning and the creation of interactive maps and storytelling. Emma is Anishinaabekwe and Lënapèxkwe by descent and was born and raised on Kaw, Comanche, Osage and Pawnee land in what is now Great Bend, Kansas. She is a first-year Master’s student in Native American Studies at the University of California Davis.

Our guest speaker, Steve DeRoy, is from the buffalo clan, is Anishinaabe/Saulteaux and a member of the Ebb and Flow First Nation from Manitoba. He is the co-founder, director and past president of the Firelight Group. Steve founded the annual Indigenous Mapping Workshop and is an award-winning Anishinaabe professional and entrepreneur with expertise in mapping and geographic information sciences, business development, natural resources management, and project management.

If you weren't able to attend the event, or would like to view it again, you can watch it on our YouTube channel any time.

You can also find Steve's full slide deck below for your reference. Steve offers many helpful tips and tricks on ways to start your own mapping project and how you can toggle language settings in your phone to start labeling maps in your Indigenous language.

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