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Aboriginal Communities and Friendship Centres in Google Earth

Aboriginal Communities and Friendship Centres in Google EarthAboriginal Communities and Friendship Centres in Google Earth is a virtual globe program that is made freely available from the Google Corporation. The program maps the earth by superimposing images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS over a 3D globe.

In an effort to better acquaint people with the Aboriginal communities and friendship centres of Canada we have created a placemark file that, when used in conjunction with the Google Earth, allows users to virtually visit these communities.

Installation Procedure:

Step 1: If you do not have the Google Earth program installed on you computer you can download and install the latest version by following this link:

Download Google Earth

Step 2: Once installed, download the Aboriginal Community and Friendship Centres placemark file here:

Step 3: Open the Aboriginal Communities and Friendship Centres .kml file and your Google Earth Application with launch with all First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities, as well as the friendship centres, highlighted on the globe.

The placemarks will automatically be placed into the "Temporary Places" folder of your Google EarthTM, application. When you close the application you will be prompted to save your temporary places in your "My Places" folder. If you select "Yes" the placemarks will remain on your computer. If you select "No" the Aboriginal placemarks will not be available the next time you start your Google Earth application. The placemark file contains a link back to the ACP server where the information resides.

Users can find advanced help on the Google Earth application by visiting the Google Earth Help centre.


These maps were produced by the Aboriginal Canada Portal (ACP) for the purpose of displaying the approximate geographic location of Aboriginal communities and friendship centres. Although efforts have been made to ensure that the data is both current and accurate the ACP does not assume any liability deemed to have been caused directly or indirectly by any content on its Web site.