The other day, Neal McLeod invited his FaceBook friends to share photos of their home communities, offering to post them along with the community names in Cree.
Since I was just lucky enough to attend this year’s Indigenous Mapping Workshop in Waterloo, Ontario (hosted by Chiefs of Ontario, Firelight Group and Google Canada), I offered to take Neal’s project one little step further, connecting the photos and place names on a Google-based, interactive map. Just because it’s fun!
I’d sure love to see this little project grow.
You can help by sending in a photo of your home community – or a favourite place – and its current official place name. I need the current place name to look up the position for the pin on the map. But I can add in your photo and Cree place name if you send it. And if you’re not sure about spelling? That’s okay – just do your best, and Neal and I will do our best too to render it in SRO and syllabics.
Got a story or a reflection about your community or favourite place? Please add that too: I’d love to create a map that shows a genuine sense of community!
(Afterthought: And since the photos are so gorgeous, I’m going to gather them in a gallery that you can view below the map. Thanks all for your participation!)