The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is honoured to present the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, a groundbreaking and ambitious new educational resource. 

Produced in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis Nation, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Indspire, the four-volume set shares the stories, perspectives, voices and history of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. 

The Atlas includes historic and contemporary maps and explores themes of language, demographics, economy and culture. Important topics such as treaties and residential schools are covered in-depth, as well as the contributions of Indigenous Peoples, their oral traditions and land-based knowledge. 

In addition to the Atlas, the RCGS and its partners have developed a suite of complementary resources for educators, including five giant floor maps that will circulate among schools across Canada, downloadable tiled maps, and plastic-coated maps for frequent use. These will be accompanied by two teaching guides — one for elementary students and one for secondary students. All materials will be available in English and French.

It is the hope of the RCGS and its partners that this project will help build multicultural understanding, encourage dialogue and foster mutual respect between all Canadians. In recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary, it is important to understand how our shared history with Indigenous peoples has shaped our present day reality, and how it may shape our future. A key to a better Canada lies in forging stronger relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

The Atlas will be available for purchase in late spring 2018; follow Canadian Geographic on Twitter or like us on Facebook to stay up to date. 

In the meantime, you may also want to check out these stories and resources related to the Atlas project: