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What we do


This map is informed primarily by the conversations between Mickey and guests in the podcast Mapping East Van, as well as personal stories by Mickey and those who have been gracious enough to add directly to the map. This map does not recognize property rights, municipal districts, or linear time as absolute or even of value, rather taking an approach of extreme subjectivity and fluidity when it comes to an understanding of place. 

To add your stories to the map please add a place marker, description, and/or other media directly to the map above viewing the map in another tab. Alternatively, you can submit via the form below: 


Anything you share here will be added to the Open Source East Van Map and possibly shared in the Mapping East Van podcast, you can also add to the map directly your words, images, and place-markers 

The interactive map at the top of this page is built using google mymaps, an app of the multi-billion dollar corporation who is known for tracking and selling the data of it's users.


Though user-friendly, it is also drawn in reflection of the inherent biases of colonial property and  are labelled with the names that go along with it. In adding supplemental information/re-inscribing dis-placed people onto the Land, this open source map questions these constructs of race, property, time, capital, class and responsibility for our community by overlaying and emphasizing what is purposely left out. 

Here are some open access maps I have referenced throughout this project:

xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territory map

access: written and drawn, not screenreader accessible


xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territory map incorporating specific stories told by elders in an interactive map in modern/colonized shape of Land

access: audio, written transcription/place names, and graphic visuals

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim (language) map with multiple named translators/cartographers

access: written place names, translations, and graphic visuals

Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh map, congruent with Land Declaration

access: written place names, translations, and graphic visuals

Vines Art Festival list-style map of Indigenous place (Land Acknowledgement) for where the festival took place in 2018

access: written place names, translations, historical photographs 

Vines Art Festival interactive map of Indigenous place for where the festival took place in 2020

access: written place names, translations, video, and audio

ḴEXMIN field station map of Skwácháy̓s

access: written place names, translations, colonial- and industrial-era maps

Ode to Madeline Deighton by T'uy't'tanat Cease Wyss map of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh strength and colonization

access: written poetry

Map of COVID cases in DTES and "Vancouver"

access: written article, google mymaps

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