Mapping Back! Indigenous Cartographies of
Extractive Conflicts

In October 2017, three members of CICADA (Leah Temper, Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert and Sébastien Caquard) organized a three-day workshop at Concordia University entitled: “Indigenous Cartographies of Extractive Conflicts.” The workshop brought together 30 representatives from First Nations of Canada, the U.S., Mexico and South America as well as professional cartographers, researchers and graduate students working on cartography, extractive industry representatives and environmental justice workers. The goal of the workshop was (1) to begin building a nucleus of cartographers, researchers and communities interested in working together on developing new forms of spatial expression dedicated to embodying and expressing Indigenous perspectives about places; and (2) to serve as a launching pad for creating a non-traditional collaborative online living atlas that would provide mapping examples and solutions to express Indigenous perspectives on resource conflicts. This atlas, entitled “Mapping Back: A Living Indigenous Atlas” is envisioned as a curated digital space in which Indigenous communities and allies could either share their experiences and expertise related to mapping resource conflicts or could access experiences, stories and mapping tactics developed by others to fight back against extractive industries. This atlas is currently under development and will be accessible here.







  • Funding

  • SSHRC: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2017)
  • CICADA Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (2018-2020)
  • Principal Investigators

  • Sébastien Caquard
  • Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert
  • Leah Temper
  • Geomedia Team

  • Tom McGurk
  • Anja Novkovic
  • Co-Investigator

  • Brian Thom (University of Victoria)