MappingBack was born in October 2017 with the organization of a three-day workshop in Montreal. This workshop enquired into forms of cartographic expressions that can represent the multiple issues, perceptions, meanings, histories and emotions that are at stake when industrial extraction enters Indigenous territories. It also explored how maps could be used for purposes of resistance and resurgence, including for education, historical memory and ancestral knowledge and oral histories, assertions of territorial rights and community visioning and life-plans, and decision-making.
This workshop was seen as a foundation to develop the online Indigenous mapping platform that you are now visiting. The goal of this platform is to support the emergence of new ideas and methodologies designed by and with Indigenous communities to represent in meaningful ways the multiple dimensions of extractivism.