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The Story of the Salish Sea Map (Stefan Freelan)

Map of the Salish Sea & Surrounding Basin, by Stefan Freelan, 2009


Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 4:00pm



Event Description

Cartographer and geographer Stefan Freelan will discuss the process of ‘Salish Sea’ becoming recognized as an official name and the role that his map, The Salish Sea and Surrounding Basin, played in that process.

Maps help us to better understand our environment. They also serve political and cultural agendas. This map was created both as an educational aid and as a part of the larger naming campaign. In this talk Stefan will explore the choices and creative process that went into the creation of the map, why the map is the way it is and how it is different from other maps of the area. Stefan will present a collection of related maps to compare, contrast and discuss alongside The Salish Sea and Surrounding Basin.

Stefan Freelan is Assistant Director of the Huxley Spatial Institute and teaches classes in GIS, GPS and Cartography. In 2008-09 he created the The Salish Sea and Surrounding Basin map for Bert Webber as part of the successful campaign to have the name ‘Salish Sea’ officially recognized by the governments of Washington, British Columbia, Canada and USA. He began sailing the Salish Sea as a teenager and has chosen to live in the Salish Sea basin ever since.

This talk is part of the Wilson Library Map Collection Speaking of Maps series and is co-sponsored by the Spatial Institute at Huxley College of the Environment. See also Western Today.

Wilson Library room WL-290

For more information about this event contact Dennis Matthews,, 360-650-3272.

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