In partnership with SFU's school of communication


Indigenous media makers in the Lower Mainland have worked to address the lack of critical theory on Indigenous Media and continue to find innovative ways of claiming “New Media” as their own. New projects respect and tap into the complex reality of (de)colonization in cities, plurality of Indigenous modes of resistance, and connections between both national and international Indigenous media and activism.

This track will celebrate and speak to the complexities of Indigenous media and challenge the ways in which these complexities are often silenced.

We welcome proposals for sessions that will be accessible to participants of all ages and backgrounds, but work with the existing Indigenous communities in the Lower Mainland. We recognize that MDD takes place on occupied Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish Peoples. This includes the territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh-ulh, Stó:lo & Tsleil-Waututh nations. We promote the space in which voices which are typically marginalized by colonialism are heard over those which have been typically amplified by colonialism.

We are especially interested in sessions that

  • Promote a dialogue between texts and indigenous media, art, and representations.
  • Explore the cultural dialogues and responses to recent large undertakings by Vancouver institutions displaying Indigenous art and culture (i.e. the year-long exhibit c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city at The Museum of Anthropology, a partner project between the Musqueam First Nation and the Museum of Vancouver; or current Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun exhibit Unceded Territories).
  • Resist the homogenization of Indigenous cultures and explore what is unique to the history and current position of locally made Coast Salish Indigenous art and media practices.
  • Explore the dialogues between different Indigenous communities and media makers on Turtle Island.  
  • Address the ways in which we can and cannot work within institutions to make space for Indigenous thought. How can institutions enter into a respectful dialogue with their Indigenous members?
  • Discuss how people who are not of Indigenous ancestry can participate in critical dialogue with Indigenous media.