First Partnership Meeting & Symposium on the Future Imaginary

Time is flying by too fast to report all that is happening! It’s already been close to two months since the imagineNative Film and Media Festival, where we had our first Partnership meeting and, right afterwards, our first Symposium on the Future Imaginary.

On the morning of Friday October 16th, eighteen people attended the Partnership meeting, where we talked about the nuts and bolts of being partners: how we will make decisions, how we will spread resources, how milestones need to be reported. Partner representatives signed up for four sub-committees, one each for Workshops, Residencies, Symposium and the Indigenous New Media Archive.

We invited about 30 guests to the Symposium on the Future Imaginary, but actually a few extra attendees showed up and the room was full. Elisabeth LaPensée, Julie Nagam, Stephen Foster eloquently explained their research.  It ended with a riveting presentation by Jolene Rickard.  These presentations were video recorded and may be consulted by interested researchers.

Many thanks to Mikhel Proulx, Erica Perreault and Kaia’tanoron Bush for their support in making these events happen!

IIF Website Launches!

She:kon tanon wa’tkwanohnwerá:ton! Greetings and welcome to the brand new website for the Initiative for Indigenous Futures, the latest effort by Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace. IIF, as we have nicknamed it, is just getting started on a seven-year trajectory that will include a variety of exciting projects –explore the website to get an idea of what they’ll be. This blog is where we’ll keep you up to date with some of the partnership and related activities.

For instance, this week, Jason Lewis, Co-director, Initiative for Indigenous Futures SSHRC Partnership, myself and a representative from Concordia’s Office of Research will be meeting with the funders of this partnership to learn about the bureaucratic side of things: how to properly report our projects and spending.

And next week, Jason and I will attend an amazing conference, entitled “Creating Futures Rooted In Wonder: Indigenous, Sci Fi and Fairy Tale Studies”.

Jason will be co-leading a workshop with Grace Dillon, a well respected Indigenous Science Fiction scholar, while I will be showing selections from TimeTraveller™. Did I mention that the conference is in Hawai’i? The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades!

Initiative for Indigenous Futures Partnership Coordinator