Mission: To help non-Indigenous people become more engaged with Indigenous history.
Background: While observing the heated debate over a proposed pipeline project in British Columbia in 2014, Web freelancer Victor Temprano became interested in other projects impacting Indigenous lands and started gathering data on Indigenous territories, languages, and treaties across North America. He then had the idea to help non-Indigenous people become more familiar, in a friendly and interesting way, in Indigenous history, which led him to create the Native Land site in 2015. Because there are more than six hundred and thirty different First Nations in Canada, and five hundred and thirty-two federally recognized tribes in the United States (with hundreds more that are not recognized), Temprano's map is based, for the most part, on his own research, including historical maps and studies related to reserve lands (although he welcomes and encourages contributions from tribal community members, educators, and geographers).
Outstanding Web Features: Visitors to the Native Land site (available in English or French) can explore the map using any combination of three filters (Territory, Language, or Treaty); by individual territory, language, or treaty (very cool); or by specific city or street address (and learn which Indigenous territory that location once was a part of). Visitors also are invited to check out a short primer on the topic of territory acknowledgement; explore the Native Land teacher's guide, blog, and resource page; and download the mobile app. In addition, questions, comments, and suggestions are accepted through the site's contact page.