Mapping East Van


Cartography as Storytelling
September 2020 – ongoing

Creation and Coordination of community focussed project on cultivating neighbourliness.


This is a map of East Van, and in no way is it objective. No map is. From their legacy in documenting/justifying colonization to a visual aid for developers and city “revitalizers” chopping up the Downtown Eastside and other anchors of East Van into smaller and smaller pieces, maps are collections for stories of violence. So too, can maps hold tales of resistance and hope and those who refuse to keep quiet, those who know that a story told can never die. 

You can view the rest of Mapping East Van, including a podcast series, a collaborative zine/poster series, and developing mutual aid initiatives at the Mapping East Van website.

This project focusses on stolen and settler-occupied Land and Water, that which is traditionally stewarded by and in ongoing dis-placement of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm nations.

This project was supported by a Community Programming Research Assistantship through the Digital + Creative Knowledge Sharing Series (Sept 2020-March 2021) and through a Residency with Shumka x Satellite Activism (Jan-Aug 2021). This project utilizes many research-creation methodologies inspired by Dr. Dorit Naaman’s presentation in the series, “Data and archiving in the face of state erasure: a case for Research-Creation methods”. In addition, the faculty of Culture + Community has supported the distribution of the ECUAD DONOR MAP series.

Soon to be in the digital Student Research Collection at ECU Library

Cover for the first episode of the Mapping East Van podcast
Hand-drawn street map of East Van
Hand-drawn street map of East Van