As one of the Canada 150 initiatives, Canadian Geographic produced the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, a one-of-a kind education resource — developed in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis Nation, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and Indspire.
Strut was asked to create engaging digital presentations of select content from the four volumes of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada. This included a website and companion mobile app, and involved collaborating with all project partners.
In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.
The overall design draws inspiration from traditional reference books and employs typographic treatments to make long-form text easy to read. Feature design elements include animated banner images revealed using a spreading watercolour effect.
The companion mobile app also includes a Greeting Generator that provides users with opening remarks recognizing the Indigenous Peoples and Treaties of the area and related highlights with links to deeper content. We used GIS technology to identify Treaties through location-based services, manually entering place names, or exploring the map and dropping a pin to select a location.
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