Engagement Phase – Counter-Mapping Workshops
This collectively drafted countermap of the land we call “Canada,” will be developed continually and pluralistically to mark the spatial manifestations of centuries of white supremacist doctrines within officially-constituted narratives of nation-building and map-making. countermap.land allows users to locate and upload images and writing about racist and colonial sites of trauma (monuments/objects/buildings/structures), areas (parks, streets, neighbourhoods, infrastructure, waterways, geographic zones), and events (memories, time-based processes). Users can equally submit proposals for counter-monuments and safer spaces, as to advance narratives of repair and care.
We recognize that maps and the associated technologies of cartography are inseparable from the colonial project; they describe and segment space, defining boundaries to movement, the exploitable resources of landscapes, and the reaches of imperial power. We hope through this work to appropriate and build on top of these tools to define new collective histories. This project will always be a work in progress. We hope through countermap.land, we not only challenge the data which is included and excluded in maps of so-called “Canada”, but to also reexamine and retool the technology of the map itself.
countermap.land explores new methods for repatriation and pursues creative and collectively developed strategies for addressing real harm caused to BIPOC and Queer communities that cut across race, class, and gender identities. This platform will be an essential tool for architects, designers, planners and communities to create counter-power to hold colonial structures accountable, and it recasts space counter to established settler presumptions.
How to Express Your Interest
Please send us an email about the length of a 1-page letter. Or we can schedule a 20-minute call with you to do the information intake. To submit your expression of interest or schedule a call, please contact us at email@example.com.
In your expression of interest, please tell us:
- Who you are?
- What mission, vision and values does your organization, group or collective operate under?
- Which regions do you hope to cover and serve in your workshop?
- Why are you interested in hosting a countermap.land workshop?
- Tell us about a similar scale ($5000) project or initiative that your organization, group or collective has recently completed. How did this project go and what challenges did it give you?
- What’s your relationship with urban Indigenous communities, or of-territory Indigenous communities in your region?
- In your region, which communities will face the greatest barriers to participating in your workshop, and what are your strategies to welcome them?
- How many people will participate in your workshop?
- And finally, do you foresee making any major changes to the proposed workshop budget listed above? If yes, how will you spend your micro-grant to produce the workshop?
Please send your Expressions of Interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
N.B. At this point in development, eligible ARCs, collectives and groups should operate within the geography known as Canada. countermap.land only functions within this geography for now, with future development plans to grow the site’s reach beyond the country’s national borders.
All Expressions of Interest will be reviewed by ARCA staff and The Architecture Lobby Tkaronto’s steering committee for countermap.land. In this first series of engagement workshops for countermap.land, we are seeking geographic diversity across the country known as Canada, as well as a pluralistic range of communities who can rise to the challenge to collectively develop the platform. If you’re not selected at this time as one of the 15 micro-grant recipients, your expression of interest will be kept on file and this helps inform us about future fundraising goals, so that we may meet the demand for partnerships and engagement with countermap.land.