Ethnographic Mapping Lab

Ray Harris on a boat

Sharing knowledge and experiences

Ray Harris, Stz’uminus First Nation.

ge voyager project with yutustanaat

Celebrating Indigenous Languages project

yutustanaat, Snuneymuxw First Nation

auggie and heather sylvester with anth 460

Experiential learning on SXEXEĆOŦ,EN

Auggie and Heather Sylvester, Penelakut Tribe

mena williams with anth 460

Ts’umeqwus sea garden with Anth 460 students

Mena Williams, Cowichan Tribes

Benoit Éthier, Gérard Ottawa, Charles and Christian Coocoo

Atikamekw exchange to Coast Salish Territories

Profesor Benoit Éthier of UQAT,  Gérard Ottawa, Charles and Christian Coocoo Atikamekw First Nations

david and anth 460

David Dyck with Anth 460 students

David Dyck, Songhees First Nation

Mapping in Indigenous communities

University of Victoria's Ethnographic Mapping Lab is designed for GIS and qualitative data analysis supporting research and innovation. Our projects are grounded in four core themes of land rights, governance, intergenerational knowledge transfer, and public education within indigenous communities. We provide space for interview transcription, high-speed document scanning, and software supported qualitative analysis. 


We are interested in developing collaborative partnerships with indigenous communities who could value working with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students on documenting traditional land uses. If you or your community may be interested in discussing it further, please contact Dr. Brian Thom.

Research Networks

The Ethnographic Mapping Lab is involved in many international research networks connecting our students and scholars with people carrying out this kind of work both locally and globally. 

Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives - CICADA
Google Earth Outreach Trainers Network
Justice and Indigenous Peoples Rights - JUST-IP
Mapping Back Collective
Université du Québec en Abitibi-téscamingue Labroratoire de Cartographie Participative