Indigenous Futures



indigenous possibility • cultural production • training and opportunity • self-determination


The Indigenous Futures research cluster explores how Indigenous people are imagining the future of their families and communities. We are interested in narratives, frameworks, and technologies that help us articulate a continuum between our histories, our present, and the seventh generation and beyond. We take a research-creation approach to these issues, employing art- and technology-making coupled with scholarly analysis and conceptual development to illuminate how the challenges of the present can be addressed, in part, through concrete, constructive, and critical dreams of the future.


Jason Edward Lewis Professor of Computation Arts, Design and Computation Arts; University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary; Trudeau Fellow; Research Director, Obx Labs; Director, Initiative for Indigenous Futures; Co-Director, Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace; Co-Director, Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling and Digital Media
Department of Design and Computation Arts
Research Interests: digital text, electronic literature, computational typography, Aboriginal new media, critical history of digital media

Partnership Coordinator

Skawennati Fragnito Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace’s Initiative for Indigenous Futures
Department of Design and Computation Arts


Quick Facts

Director: Bart Simon

Number of research clusters: 7

Number of faculty and principal investigators: 80

Number of graduate students: 120

Facilities: gaming lab; wet/dry maker lab; interactive textiles production studios, photography and image making; virtual reality and immersive studios; mobilities lab; student lounge; collab/cowork spaces; black box and conference spaces

Location: Montreal, Canada

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