U.S. Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2023 - CBL & Apple Maps.

This year Monday, October 9, marks Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the United States. I don’t like to let commemoration, recognition or celebration holidays pass without thinking about how to make these meaningful for all students. Challenge Based Learning is an innovative and positive learning framework with an inclusive process that provides that meaning. In addition, traveling via Apple Maps provides updated outlines of Indigenous nations.

Commemorating with Challenge Based Learning

Last year I posted an outline in a Pages epub of the CBL process using Native American Heritage Month as one example (post located here).

Book Cover - Recognizing Heritage Months
Book Cover - Recognizing Heritage Months

Apple Maps

Also as part of student learning be sure to travel via Apple Maps and see the additional International outlines of Federally recognized Indigenous lands.

This Newsroom article, March 2023, shares the work:

Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative surpasses $200 million in investments, doubling initial 2020 commitment under subtitle, Taking Action Across Apple

Apple added representation of Indigenous lands to Maps. In an update made in collaboration with Indigenous communities, Maps now displays tribal, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis territories in the U.S. and Canada. Maps also implemented support for dual-language labels — including in Indigenous-language syllabaries — and redesigned the Maps place card used for Indigenous lands to show more detail, working directly with communities to curate their place card content.”

Screen shot of Apple Maps on iPad
Screen shot of Apple Maps on iPad
I love the important additions to Apple Maps as a way for students to geographically visualize Indigenous communities during recognition days or months and beyond.

#AppleMaps

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Posted on October 09, 2023

I love the new Maps with the Native lands. It is fascinating to see the various reservations around the country. I have heard of a lot of the tribal names, but had no clue where there lands currently are located. Geography education is so important.

Posted on October 09, 2023

Agree Brian! So much to learn from visualizing locations.

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