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Workshop 2017

The workshop brings together three communities of interest into a collective exchange over the place and possibilities of mapping in indigenous extractives conflicts. The first are representatives and members of First Nations with an engagement with, and interest in, the representation of territory. These are people with experience in cartography, people who have reflected upon the uses of (and dangers of) Occidental mapping and the alternative ways to represent the significant dimensions of their homelands. They come from different points of the Americas (Alberta, British Colombia, Québec, Maine, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela), each on the frontlines of struggles with large0scale resource projects (fossil fuels, hydro, mining and forestry). The second are cartographers, both researchers and practitioners. Some are First Nations cartographers working to develop an Indigenous cartographic idiom. Others have collaborated closely with with indigenous communities in the production of maps and other spatial models, while others are experimenting with what map making can be in domains such as critical political economy, representational rhetoric, spatial aesthetics and conventions, narratives and the non0visual senses, grassroots and collaborative mapping. Finally, we will be inviting university based researchers with expertise on extractives. They bring to the table their work on the multiple facets of historical and contemporary resource extraction, across sectors and across the Americas; on the politics of knowledge that surround extractives conflicts; on the global co- production of socio-ecological mapping such as for example in the online Atlas of Environmental Justice ( or the Climate Alliance Mapping Project.