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Indigenous New Media

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"Aboriginal new media is connected in context and cultural practices as a result of shared socio-cultural experiences. Together, these works bring forth significant accounts that are embodied in our ancient homeland. Our creative expression sustains a connection to ancient ways, places our identities and concerns in the immediate, while linking us to the future. To a broader audience, this expression conveys an Aboriginal worldview, revealing the Aboriginal experience in all its complexities." 

(From "Content Meets Context" by Melanie Townsend in Transference, Tradition, Technology: Native New Media Exploring Visual & Digital Culture).

Indigenous new media is an evolving, multidisciplinary area of art and scholarly work that broadly encompasses born-digital and interactive story-telling mediums. This can include video games, podcasts, comics, video art, and web art. 

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Indigenous New Media @UBC

FNIS 401F: New Media Practices and Applications in Indigenous Studies
Designed as a compliment to FNIS 454, FNIS 401F provides students with hands on training in the Digital Humanities (DH) and new media technologies, including social media, digital exhibition, podcasting, digital storytelling, sound editing, Wikipedia editing, and geographical information systems (GIS). At stake in all of our work in this class are the impacts (both positive and negative) that new media can make towards decolonization and Indigenous resurgence. Students in 401F receive basic training in the use of new media hardware and software, learn from experts in the field, and produce digital work with and for Indigenous communities. 

FNIS 454: Indigenous New Media
Students will contextualize and comparatively analyze Indigenous new media from 1990 to the present moment. New media is loosely defined as digital, interactive and/or networkable content that involves user feedback and creative interaction, such as net and video art, video games, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), interactive installation, podcasts and stereoscopic photography. Focus will be on Internet art and curation, interactive websites and audio maps. Students will develop and put into practice a set of skills for analyzing, comparing, researching and writing about Indigenous new media and produce a collection of digital stories.

Initiative for Indigenous Futures


Indigitization is a BC based collaborative initiative between Indigenous communities and organizations, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the Museum of Anthropology, Northern BC Archives (UNBC), and the School for Library, Archival and Information Studies, to facilitate capacity building in Indigenous information management. This project is committed to clarifying processes and identifying issues in the conservation, digitization, and management of Indigenous community knowledge. It does so by providing information resources through the Indigitization toolkit and by enabling community-led audio cassette digitization projects through grant funding and training. Indigitization seeks to grow and work with a network of practitioners to develop effective practices for the management of digital heritage that support the goals of individual communities.

2018 Symposium for Indigenous New Media

Novel Alliances


Novel Alliances is a collection of essays, notes, and reflections on Indigenous politics, arts, and new media shared from an allied perspective. Created by a settler scholar and Assistant Professor in FNIS at UBC, David Gaertner, the blog began as a way for the author to share conference papers, but gradually became a space to workshop new ideas, begin conversations, and meet potential collaborators.