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Aboriginal Maps and Mapping

Geographical Place Names

Locating Indigenous histories in territories mapped by Western means can be difficult. One of the ways to do this is to research the history of a city and the areas around it from contact and work forward.

Canadian Geographical Names (Natural Resources Canada) is a good source for discovering the names.

  • Search for a known place
  • From this result, you can search for nearby place names
  • Use: Search for nearby names by radius (1, 5, 10, or 20km)
  • Pick a distance and then click submit



Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada holds materials relevant to Aboriginal maps and mapping, including reserves: Indian Reserves - Western Canada.

(Image: Plan of Muskoday Indian Reserve 1884. Courtesy of LAC.)