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To what extent can online mapping be decolonial? A journey throughout Indigenous cartography in Canada

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To what extent can online mapping be decolonial? A journey throughout Indigenous cartography in Canada

McGurk, Thomas and Caquard, Sébastien (2020) To what extent can online mapping be decolonial? A journey throughout Indigenous cartography in Canada. Canadian Association of Geographers / l'Association canadienne des géographes .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/cag.12602

Abstract

In this paper, we describe and reflect upon our journey through Indigenous online mapping in Canada. This journey has been planned according to an academic goal: assessing the potential of online cartography for decolonial purposes. To reach this goal, we have followed methodological directions provided by Indigenous scholar Linda Tuhiwai Smith to review 18 Indigenous web-mapping sites across Canada. Supported by a series of ten interviews, this content analysis enabled us to sketch some of the contours of contemporary Indigenous cartography. On one hand, Indigenous communities largely control the data that are shared on these websites. They also partially control the way these data are represented through the mobilization of digital storytelling technologies that are better aligned with Indigenous ways of envisioning relationships to places than conventional maps. On the other hand, they do not have much control over the technological aspects of these projects, for which they remain heavily dependent on non-Indigenous partners. Throughout this journey, we noticed that women’s voices remained marginal in most of these mapping projects, but we also identified evidence supporting the idea that these voices are starting to play a vital role in the on-going effort of decolonizing mapping processes.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Geography, Planning and Environment
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:McGurk, Thomas and Caquard, Sébastien
Journal or Publication:Canadian Association of Geographers / l'Association canadienne des géographes
Date:2020
Funders:
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1111/cag.12602
Keywords:Indigenous, cartography, webmapping, decolonized, Canada, autochtone, cartographie, cartographienumérique, décolonisation, Canada
ID Code:987544
Deposited By: SEBASTIEN CAQUARD
Deposited On:28 Oct 2020 15:12
Last Modified:28 Oct 2020 15:16
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