Today, following a seven year collaboration between Indigenous communities and mapping experts across Canada, Google is adding more than 3000 Indigenous lands to Google Maps and Google Earth to accurately reflect Canada to Canadians and to the world.
The majority of the data comes from Natural Resources Canada and the remainder comes from consultations/data with Indigenous communities themselves. Through this Google Earth Outreach initiative, Google continues its work to support Indigenous people using mapping technology. The goal is to enhance cultural preservation, digital awareness and land management among Indigenous communities. The hope is to use tools like Google Earth to preserve knowledge and to update Google Maps to reflect federally-recognized Canadian lands.
These data sets are just a starting point – if Indigenous communities would like to add their lands to Google Maps, or want to update information about their lands such as roads, addresses, or businesses, their government can contribute the data via the Base Map Partner Program and individual community members can also use the Send Feedback tool to addand edit essential information on Google Maps.
For more information, check out Google Canada’s blog and watch the following animation and GIF highlighting Indigenous lands launched on Google Maps. If you are interested in learning more about this initiative, please get in touch.https://youtu.be/ohLI0Wus2Gc