The Project: this is a quick survey to help collect data for a map to be featured in Food: An Atlas, a book of maps of issues on food production, consumption, accessibility--if it's about food, it's in there. This project is headed by cartographers in UC Berkeley's Geography department, though the contributing cartographers come from a wide range of locations and backgrounds.
The Map: this map will use census information to show varying income levels and per capita indigenous populations throughout Canada, alongside cities weighted in size based on cost of sample basic groceries. That's where I need your help--the survey collects information on how much groceries cost in your area. The goal is to illustrate the often unfairly high prices rural indigenous communities pay for their food; the map was in part inspired by the activism of peoples in Northern communities in this regard (see facebook group Feeding My Family for more info).
What Info You'll Be Providing: The survey is totally anonymous. All that's asked is province & city, & the cost of 1 loaf of bread, 4 servings of greens, 4 servings of chicken, 4 liters of milk, and 2 liters of juice. Just to make it clear: you don't have to have indigenous ancestry to participate. Quite the opposite--the wider the scope of the survey, the more accurate the map will be.
Who I Am: I'm a freelance cartographer and artist, and an entering graduate student in an American Studies program. My undergraduate degree is in Geography, from UC Berkeley. I'm from an isolated community in the upper reaches of coastal Northern California, and am a strong activist on rural and indigenous issues.