Reconciliation: “Like an Echo Turned Inside Out”

Reading reconciliation through Dimaline's dystopic novel, The Marrow Thieves Read more

FNIS 401W: New Media Practices and Applications in Indigenous Studies

Course Description See the Novel Alliances New Media reading list here In an interview with Liza Yeager, Anishinaabe comedian, writer, and media maker, Ryan McMahon talks about why he thinks podcasting is specifically useful medium for Indigenous storytellers: “I just... Read more

Book Review: The Break, Katherena Vermette

The cover of The Break, Katherena Vermette’s masterful debut novel, features a portion of a painting by Métis and Mennonite artist Corinna Wollf. In the painting, a middle-aged woman stands directly facing her audience in a full-length, black dress detailed... Read more

FNIS 454: Indigenous New Media and Digital Storytelling

FNIS 454: Indigenous New Media and Digital Storytelling Instructor: Dr. David Gaertner Email: david.gaertner@ubc.ca Overview See the Novel Alliances New Media reading list here Following the 1997 launch of Skawennati’s (Mohawk) CyberPowWow, digital space has become a vital new territory... Read more

Notes: Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

In the spirit of the TRC Reading Challenge (#ReadTheTRCReport) the following are my notes on the the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada’s Final Report: Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future. The goal is to incite more people to read the... Read more

“Poor Impulse Control”: Remediation as a Decolonial Reading Practice

In my Indigenous new media and digital storytelling class, my students and I use remediation as a means to interrogate text and to consider what sovereignty might mean in terms of art. Remediation—refashioning one media in another—provides the opportunity to... Read more

How Should I Play These?: Media and Remediation in Never Alone

“Games 10,000 years in the Making.” -Slogan for Upper One Video Games, the first Indigenous Owned Video Game Company in the United States and creators of, Never Alone. When it comes to Indigenous-made video games what is the “new” of New... Read more

Back to the Future: Sovereignty and Remediation in Skawennati’s Timetraveller™

Timetraveller™ is a love story. It’s a piece of science fiction. It’s a history of colonialism and Indigenous resistance. But of all these things Timetraveller™ is a story about media and remediation. This is not to say that the work... Read more

The Theatre of Regret: Establishing the Politics of Reconciliation after World War II

An immense wave of anti-colonial and anti-imperial activity, thought, and revision has overtaken the massive edifice of Western empire, challenging it, to use Gramsci’s vivid metaphor, in a mutual siege. For the first time Westerners have been required to confront... Read more

“Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, Sorry”: Canadian Political Apologies and Compulsive Repetition

Regret is not linear. A sorry is not a straight line. Reconciliation is a system of cyclical movements across, between, and within a shifting landscape of subjectivities. Consider the idea of apology. Not as means to an end, but as... Read more