The Map To My School

Coming Home to Indigenous Place Names in Canada

This remarkable map depicts Indigenous place names across Canada, shared by permissions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Elders and Wisdom Keepers. We believe there should be one in every classroom in the country. Our mission is to put on in every remote school possible. Please see below for more details.

Please read the detailed plan for this initiative on our project's Go Fund Me page. (click map)

We are depending on ordinary people to help us to make it happen for remote community students and Educators.

Commissioned by Stephen Hornsby, Director of University of Maine’s Canadian-American Center, “Coming Home to Indigenous Place Names in Canada” was researched and designed by cartographer Margaret Pearce.


To make the map, Pearce spent months researching names and calling communities and language keepers to ask permission to include their names.

Coming Home to Indigenous Place Names in Canada

“The intention of the map is to create respect for indigenous homelands and sovereignties, and a feeling for and understanding of indigenous place names,” Pearce said. “That includes asking permission and respecting intellectual and cultural property.”

James Bay Region

Zoom of map

Link to the gofundme page

Information Poster

We are hoping to reach schools in every province. If you are aware of a remote Indigenous school on or off reserve, please let us know about it so we can send them a map.

Donations

  • Official tax receipts for monetary donations of $20.00 or more can be made to The Art for Aid Project through I Love First Peoples. Please indicate that you wish your donation to be used for Art for Aid in your correspondence.

  • How to donate new or gently used art supplies: please refer to the Helping section. 

  • Miigwetch. Thank you for your support.

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