We are all connected. The First Peoples’ Map of B.C. is a living and interactive space that represents our diverse yet interwoven languages, arts, and cultural heritage.
The First Peoples’ Map can be used to view Indigenous language regions, artists and artworks, place names and community landmarks. You can hear the pronunciation of language names, greetings, places and more. All of the 34 languages Indigenous to what is now called British Columbia are represented.
The First Peoples’ Map was created by First Peoples’ Cultural Council in collaboration with First Nations communities and Indigenous artists, language champions, Elders, Knowledge Keepers and cultural workers. The content is created and contributed by these community experts with the support of FPCC staff.
Visitors can explore any of the three facets of the First Peoples’ Map – Language, Arts, Cultural Heritage – by searching specific geographical locations, browsing the sidebar, or by focusing their search with keywords and filters.
Visit the map to learn about the current status of the 34 First Nations languages in B.C. Based on the knowledge of community language experts, the map shows the area where our languages live.
In the arts section, you can see profiles of Indigenous artists and arts groups with images, video and sound. Heritage content includes important places, spaces and landmarks based on community knowledge and values. The map also provides a place for artists and groups to share information about upcoming events.
Information about cultural heritage is being added over time. The FPCC Oral Histories Program will provide more information about cultural heritage for the map in the coming months.
Participate – Work with artists, Elders and Knowledge Keepers to record and upload files to build map content for your community. Resources may include audio, video, images or note files, community landmarks, cultural sites and art spaces.
Learn and Teach – Find important places, create a video tutorial and use this map to share resources with others in your community.
Provide feedback – Receive notifications for new content in your areas of interest. Let us know how the map is working for you. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org