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Camp Life Journal is where we share travel experiences, camp hacks, and new gear discoveries. We also discuss outdoor issues like public lands conservation, sustainable living, and reducing our impact on people and places.
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Using Maps to Empower Indigenous Communities (reblog)
Outdoor spaces we like to use are not immune to the slights or outright hostility towards Indigenous peoples. Renaming public lands with Euro-centric names is one of the first known efforts to erase culture and heritage. Our nation should learn from its past mistakes and work towards "change in the outdoor recreation space to make it more inclusive, safe, and supportive for Indigenous people."
"Maps have always been a big part of outdoor recreation, but they haven’t always been inclusive of all communities. Now, Indigenous activists across North America are trying to change the way we use, understand, and create maps of outdoor spaces. One part of this shift is the growing movement to rename places with their original Indigenous names or replace offensive ones. Lots of these efforts are led by Indigenous activists and outdoor recreationists who are pushing for events and parks organizations to more deeply understand the role that maps have played in keeping outdoor recreation exclusive and harmful to Indigenous people and other communities of color."
Read the full story here.