The app consists of six different maps of Indigenous territories, Treaties, and First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities.Each community's location will eventually host a land acknowledgement video, and other information that the community would like to include on their page. Whose Land is a web-based app that uses GIS technology to assist users in identifying Indigenous Nations, territories, and Indigenous communities across Canada. Their mission is to empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. It also exists in website form. Whose Land is both an app and a website and was launched in March, 2018 by Canadian Roots Exchange, TakingITGlobal, and Bold Realities. The Land Area Calculator app will help you to calculate the land area. Instead of telling its users where they are, a new map-based app lets them know what where they are used to be. To be able to import data captured from other mapping systems is a real bonus in keeping all estate data in one place.
It took Holmes and his team nearly a year to research the history of all North American Indigenous communities before they were able to launch the app. Those complaints don’t faze Holmes, as he wants to make Whose Land as accurate as possible.
I am non-Indigenous but, as a performing artist, I always acknowledge the land and it’s first/rightful inhabitants at the start of every show I do. This app explores treaty lands all across Canada, and shares unique video acknowledgements by Indigenous youth from a variety of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to inspire us all and deepen our understanding. Holmes is a project co-ordinator with TakingITGlobal, an organization focused on getting the world’s youth to solve global problems. CRE builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in Canada by facilitating dialogue and strengthening relationships through leadership programs. “It gives a good representation of how vast Indigenous nations were,” Mitch Holmes, one of the app’s developers, told CTV’s Your Morning on Thursday. They aim to promote discourse on the importance of reconciling the relationship between Indigenous communities and corporate Canada, and to explore bold and innovative solutions on how parties can work collaboratively. We worked closely with the Native-Land team to build on their existing data rather than re-creating their work. “We want to create this fluid, dynamic, ever-changing app that constantly recognizes whose territory we’re actually on,” he said. Whose Land features interactive maps showing the proliferation of Indigenous communities in North America, past and present. Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
When our research efforts identified gaps in their data, they were contributed back and have been incorporated into their platform as well, forming an improved data set that we are both committed to sharing openly. When I’m touring to a new location every night in a region far from my own this app is going to be so so helpful since it’s specifically for a mobile platform (as opposed to native-land.ca). They had to look up old maps and documents, call Indigenous friendship centres for local perspective, and fact-check everything they learned. The app can be used for learning about the territory your home or business is situated on, finding information for a land acknowledgement, and learning about the treaties and agreements signed across Canada.
Incredibly useful. What is considered to be "bold" today will become a "reality" tomorrow.