Good Land: Artist Indigenizes Southern Ontario

“Good Land” by Christi Belcourt


Goodland“GOOD LAND” by Christi Belcourt. Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 40″

“Good Land” shows two depictions of one map. On one side, it contains some original place names, and markings that show an Indigenous world view of land. So for example it may be marked with “fasting site” or “place of the little people” – on the other, the words have been taken from existing historical maps which have words such as “good land” “rough land unfit for civilization” “this is now called the County of Simcoe” and “Part of Canada”. Its been said that more Indigenous territory has been stolen with mapping than by guns (Bernard Nietschmann). “Good land” was an actual map made along the North Shore of Lake Huron in 1856 by Albert Salter, who started to mark out the resources in the territory. A map that affects us today.

Christi Belcourt is a Metis visual artist with a deep respect for the traditions and knowledge of her people. The majority of her work explores and celebrates the beauty of the natural world.

See more of Christi’s work at


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