What is community mapping?
Community mapping is a graphic learning and planning tool that connects people to themselves, to one another and to their home places. Community mapping is the collective process to map stories assets, values and visions with other people.
People all over the world use community mapping to tell their stories and to improve their communities. Community mapping helps us connect us to ourselves, to each other, to community and to the natural world.
Creates a Sense and Connection to Human and Natural Places
Supports Community Voices, Conversations and Collective Action
Throughout the Province, the BC CAMN and CLBC have been using community mapping to:
1. Map our Assets: the gifts and assets and stories about ourselves and our community
Everyone of us is unique and has special gifts and experiences to share with others and with the community. We ask:
What and where are our personal and community gifts, assets and stories.
2. Map our Places: the resources, places and connections in our community
We care about each other and our community. Community maps are collective pictures created by our community including:
Resources and services we use such Agencies, Government offices, Schools;
Everyday and special places we go to such as Stores, Restaurants, Libraries, Recreation Centres, Cultural Places/Events
Connections we make with friends, family and community and routes we take every day to get around on foot, bicycle or wheelchair using public transit buses and cars.
mY cOMMUNITY bc-Just launched!
myCommunity BC – an online map built by community members working together to strengthen opportunities for inclusion and connection in their communities. Visit www.mycommunitybc.com to:
Discover inclusive places and opportunities in your community
Add to and recommend inclusive places and opportunities in your community
Create and add to your own personal map
What gets mapped?
We are interested in mapping all places, resources and opportunities in community that fit the following My Community BC criteria:
An INCLUSIVE community place is welcoming and respectful of all people, accessible, safe, culturally sensitive, and provides opportunity for social connection
Categories and Icons
My Community BC is organized by categories and icons from the global Green Map system: (www.greenmap.org); see some examples in this document
We all long to belong to each other and to the place we live