About The Mappingback Workshop 2017

The workshop brought 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 came from different points of the Americas (Alberta, British Colombia, Québec, Maine, Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela), each on the frontlines of struggles with large-scale resource projects (fossil fuels, hydro, mining, and forestry). The second were cartographers, both researchers and practitioners. Some were First Nations cartographers working to develop an Indigenous cartographic idiom. Others have collaborated closely 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 non-visual senses, grassroots, and collaborative mapping. Finally, we invited 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 (ejatlas.org) or the Climate Alliance Mapping Project.


News & Updates

Indigenous Mapping Workshop

2018 Aug. 20-23: Montreal

Guerrilla Cartography Water Atlas

Water: An Atlas is the latest collaborative atlas project by Guerrilla Cartography. This atlas continues the collaborative spirit and narrative range originally brought to life in our first atlas, Food: An Atlas. Water, like food, is required to sustain human life—and so it is a natural choice for our second published project. In its pages you an explore how humans interface with water: controlling, politicizing, commodifying, and polluting it; how water is a harbinger of climate change and how water inspires our imagination and exploration.

Download Water: An Atlas as a 101.9 MB PDF licensed under Creative Commons. Use and reuse the maps to inspire others with cartography. The atlas was published in December, 2017.



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