Navigating the realm of cyberspace can be challenging – within the field of Indigenous Studies, the topic is delicate but essential. As part of CTLT’s Classroom Climate: Aboriginal Initiatives series, David Gaertner facilitated the session How Do We Articulate Cyberspace (A Landless Territory) Within the Discourse of Indigenous Studies? The session explored examples of Indigenous new media and discussed the importance of analyzing, understanding, and teaching with Indigenous technology.
David, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the UBC First Nations Studies Program, began by addressing the perceived gap between indigeneity and technology. He explained that it is tied to the broader misconception that Indigenous cultural practices are products of the past. In actuality, Indigenous culture is contributing to an exciting and innovative future – Indigenous peoples are not only combining tradition and innovation in technology, but they are also shaping how technologies are developed and utilized. Read More.