Snapshots highlighting media coverage on the Ethnographic Mapping Lab

Audio of Indigenous languages, including Island voice, featured on Google Earth

This article discusses the work of Google Earth Voyager's Indigenous language project. In 2019 GE Voyager released a sample of Indigenous languages from around the world including one from Vancouver Island. One of the 55 Indigenous languages is Hul’q’umi’num’, the Indigenous language spoken by First Nations peoples on Vancouver Island between Nanoose Bay and Mill Bay. The words and phrases are spoken by yutustanaat of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and a teacher of the Hul'q'umi'num language and culture at Ladysmith Secondary School.

Digital Mapping

During a four-day Indigenous mapping workshop at the University of Victoria, representatives from over 100 aboriginal organizations shared stories and ideas about using Google technology in their territories. Combining old and new knowledge, First Nation groups are creating territory maps, doing environmental monitoring and charting traditional place names.

Workshop maps 70 First Nations; Project includes biographies, sacred sites and indigenous place names

At this workshop participants delved into hands-on training, learning to plot data in Google Maps and conduct interviews tailored to mapping everything from biographies and sacred sites to Indigenous place names and environmental concerns

University of Victoria puts land claim mapping in spotlight; Sophisticated technology can help plot overlapping boundaries

Native communities across Canada are mapping their lands, a step that is vital in land claim negotiations since many First Nations are running into problems of territorial overlap. But at the University of Victoria researchers have developed sophisticated mapping technologies to try to help clearly show land and resource boundaries as well as shared lands.

First Nations learn to map territories using Google Earth

Aug. 25, 2014 — Google Earth may soon extend its global gaze to some of the most remote First Nations territories in Canada. Google employees will be teaching members from about 70 First Nations across the country how to chart their land on the application during a four-day Indigenous Mapping Workshop at the University of Victoria that starts Monday. Read more on the CBC News website.

Modern tools document histories of Indigenous terrain

Aug. 19, 2014 — Indigenous communities across Canada are engaged in intensively mapping their lands, waters, resources and knowledge. These maps have unparalleled importance today not only for future generations celebrating Indigenous knowledge, but in discussions over land and resource development and the recognition of Indigenous rights. Read more on The Ring website.

First Nations, UVic and Google partner to map traditional lands

Aug. 12, 2014 — The Lyackson First Nation's creation story says that its people descended from the sky, down a very tall Douglas fir tree. They wished to live on the tree, and asked a mystical creature to fell it. But the tree snapped in the process and became what are now Valdes and Galiano islands. That's how the Lyackson (which literally means “top of Douglas fir”) came to inhabit Valdes Island in the Strait of Georgia. Read more on The Times Colonist website.

Oral history goes digital as Google helps map ancestral lands

July 11, 2014 — As a commercial fisherman and an elder in the Stz’uminus First Nation, Ray Harris has long been a guardian of secrets. Neither his favourite fishing spots nor the oral history of sacred spaces around his community on Vancouver Island’s east coast have been easily pried from him. But he is now telling tales in the most irretrievably public way, contributing to an indigenous mapping project that imbeds his culture into the digital expanse of Google Earth. Read more on The Globe and Mail website.