That’s All We Are: Indigenous Stories and Mapping Indigenous Authorship


All stories have places, and all places have stories. This project aims to connect stories to their places through an interactive map that highlights both Indigenous Land claims through Treaty maps, and Indigenous written literatures and/or books. While we recognize that Indigenous relationships to the Land are both sacred and not constrained by the geographic boundaries that the numbered Treaties represent, we would like to suggest this map as a way to think about the relationships and backgrounds of Indigenous authors across the Land now called “Canada.”

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Anne Elefante:

Anne (she/her) is a first-generation settler on Treaty 6 territory. She was born in Batangas City in the Philippines. Having received a Bachelors in Education at the University of Alberta, Anne is now pursuing her Master’s in Library and Information Studies. After teaching English to junior high and high school students, and diving head first into the wonderful world of bookstagram, Anne hopes to harness her love for books and communities to contribute to developing our understanding of Indigenous stories and our relationship with the Land.

Hannah Friesen:

Hannah (she/her) is a prairie settler of European origin living in Amiskwaciwâskahikan on Treaty 6 territory. She considers Treaty 7 territory to be the closest thing she has to a home. Hannah is pursuing a Master’s in Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. Hannah is interested in spatial representations of literature and stories with a particular focus on stories that convey meaning about the Land, interrelational ethics, and Indigenous sovereignty and resilience.