Title

Relocating a sense of place using the participatory Geoweb: the historical document database of the Métis nation of British Columbia

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Corbett, JM, Evans, M, Legault, G & Romano Z 2014, 'Relocating a sense of place using the participatory Geoweb: the historical document database of the Métis nation of British Columbia', International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 24-38.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/ijagr.2015010102

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

The interactive capability and ease of use of Geoweb technologies suggest great potential for Aboriginal communities to store, manage, and communicate place-related knowledge. For the Métis, who have a long history of dispossession and dispersion in Canada, the Geoweb offers an opportunity in realizing the desire to articulate a coherent sense of place for their people. This paper reports on a community-based research project involving the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Métis Nation of British Columbia (MNBC) – the political body representing the Métis people in BC. The project includes the creation of a Geoweb tool specifically designed to facilitate the (self) articulation of a Métis community in contemporary BC. It examines how Geoweb technologies have been used to create a participatory, crowd-sourced Historical Document Database (HDD) that takes meaning through the interface of a map. The paper further explores how the data contributed by members of the Métis community have been used to capture, communicate, and represent community memories in the dispersed membership. It concludes by examining challenges that have emerged related to platform stability and institutional relations related to the ongoing sustainability of the HDD.