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A photo triggers memories. Many online maps provide live data; some give information on climate risk areas.

Now, a not-for-profit organisation from Canada is allowing users to delve into the earth’s Indigenous past.

Initially launched as an investigation into whose land would be impacted by a new pipeline, the project grew through a combination of archive work and communication with Indigenous peoples.

Today the company is led by an Indigenous team who have the power both to relate and preserve their pre-colonial histories. The digital map focuses on three areas: territories, treaties and tongue.

On holidays such as Thanksgiving it generally receives over 700,000 visits.

Overlapping borders emphasise that map-making has always been a subjective enterprise.

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