Mapping our ways: Critical Cartography for the Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin

Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change

Join us for the next event in the series Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change. In this presentation, Cheryl Recollet and Nicky Recollet will demonstrate how the Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin have adopted critical cartography to re-visualize ancient maps and historical research.

Date: February 2, 2022

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Registration is required.

This event will be simultaneously translated in English and French.

Event Description

The Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin recognize our sacred responsibility to respectfully manage the lands and waters for the prosperity of our communities and future generations. As part of our responsibilities, we are required to understand who we are and where we come from. We are undertaking a major step to understand our historical past and the way the land was used by our relations. Active communication with our communities and key historians is the 'heart' of our project and provides the foundation for fostering meaningful community awareness. This presentation will demonstrate how we have adopted critical cartography to re-visualize ancient maps and historical research, that incorporate modern mapping concepts with theoretical critique to create innovative treaty educational tools for our community members.


Cheryl Recollet, Director of Research and Engagement, Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin

Cheryl Recollet, member of Aujijauk Doodem, Point Grondine, is highly interested in treaty relationships and governance. She has strong experience in meaningful community engagement and in fostering community-based research. Her past roles include Senior Environmental Communications Analyst for the Chiefs of Ontario, Field School Instructor for the Indigenous Environmental Keepers Program at Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, and Director of Sustainable Development for Wahnapitae First Nation. In 2018, She was recognized by Northern Ontario Business as one of the Top 40 Under Forty Young Leaders in Northern Ontario.

Nicky Recollet, GIS Analyst, Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin

Nicky Recollet has always had a strong connection to the land that is known as Wawnabitaybing (Wahnapitae First Nation) and places the values that her ancestors passed down to her with the utmost respect and appreciates the roles and responsibilities of her spirit and clan, Aujijauk Doodem. As GIS Analyst for RHW, Nicky Recollet contributes to our mapping programs, projects, and applications. Some of the applications-built offer Ministry data to view and monitor activity. While other projects consist of Critical Cartography and research with our historians. She is currently working on her Masters in GIS Applications, online with Vancouver Island University.

The series is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies and the Faculties of Education and of Arts at the University of Ottawa. It is organized in collaboration with the History in Canada: First Peoples’ Perspectives project initiated by the Cégep de l'Outaouais, the Indigenous Affairs and the KitiganZibi First Nation Cultural Education Centre.

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