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Winnipeg Art Gallery

300 Memorial Blvd

Winnipeg, MB R3C 1V1


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The third annual (and first public!) Symposium on the Future Imaginary will showcase a critical mass of artists, community activists, curators and academics presenting their visions of the future of Indigenous people. From November 30 to December 2, join us for an exciting three days of multidisciplinary conversations about Indigenous art & media, scholarship, and cultural innovation at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.


Official agenda:

Tuesday, November 28: 7PM - 9PM (Doors at 6)

Indigenous Virtual Spaces Panel at Winnipeg Art Gallery

  • Screening of TimeTravellerTM by Skawennati
  • Panel discussion with Skawennati, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Jason Edward Lewis, Julie Nagam

Thursday, November 30: 9AM - 5PM

Symposium Day 1


Dreaming of Our Future Seven Generations Ahead

  • Chair: Niki Little
  • Candice Hopkins
  • Owisokon Lahache
  • Mandee McDonald
  • Wanda Nanibush

Games and Graphics as Resurgence and Presence

  • Chair: France Trepanier
  • Dr. Rilla Khaled
  • Keith Munro
  • Sebastien Aubin
  • Lenard Monkman
  • Kevin Settee

Screening of InDigiNous Aotearoa: Virtual Histories, Augmented Futures (1:30PM - 3PM)

  • Discussion with the artists:

Activating Indigenous Performance: Cultural Performances Night at the WAG (8PM - 11PM)

  • Free and open to the public
  • Performances by Rylee Sandberg and Southern Thunderbird Medicine Drum Group, Spence Tradition, Nikki Komaksiutiksak, Tara Williamson, Shanley Spence, Boogey the Beat, Yakaskwan Mihkiwap

Friday, December 1: 9AM - 5PM


IndigeFem and the Future

  • Chair: Dr. Carla Taunton
  • Megan Tamati-Quennell
  • Joi Arcand
  • Tasha Spillett
  • Jarita Greyeyes
  • Jaimie Isaac

Land-based Knowledge and Creative Interventions

  • Dr. Serena Keshavjee
  • Heather Campbell
  • Karl Chitham
  • Michelle LaVallee
  • KC Adams

Arctic Futurisms

  • Chair: Dr. Stephen Borys
  • Dr. Heather Igloliorte
  • Asinnajaq (Isabella Weetaluktuk)
  • Siku Allooloo
  • Joar Nango

Technology as Decolonial Tools

  • Chair: Dr. Julie Nagam
  • Dr. Jolene Rickard
  • Jason Edward Lewis
  • Scott Benesiinaabandan
  • Dr. Noelani Arista
  • Kauwila Mahi

Evening Event at Urban Shaman Gallery (7PM - 10PM)

  • Free and open to the public
  • InDigiNous Aotearoa: Virtual Histories, Augmented Futures Opening
  • Discussion with Daina Warren (Director of Urban Shaman) and Ruben Friend (Director of PATKATA ART + MUSEUM)

Saturday, December 2: 11AM - 2PM

Indigenous Video Game Arcade and Virtual Reality (VR) Stations!

  • Free and open to the public, families welcome.


  • He Ao Hou: A New World (Nā ‘Anae Mahiki + IIF)
  • Never Alone (Upper One Games)
  • Spirits of Spring (Minority Media)
  • Art Alive VR (Pinnguaq)
  • Each Branch Determined (Postcommodity)
  • Blueberry Pie Under the Martian Sky (Scott Benesiinaabandan)
  • The Hunt (Danis Goulet)
  • Honour Dance (Kent Monkman)
  • Cree Syllabics Virtual Reality (Schoolû)
  • Assorted apps by Ogoki Learning Inc.
  • Assorted works by Elizabeth LaPensée

Video Pool Workshop: Introduction to Scratch (a free programming learning environment)

  • Learn how to reate your own interactive stories, games, and animations!

Note: Artists and curators who would like to attend the symposium may apply for funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.

For questions or concerns, please contact

We are extremely proud to have organized this symposium in collaboration with our Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF) Partnership and the Transactive Memory Keepers Digital and New Media Mobile Laboratories Project (TMK). Special thanks to our hosts and sponsors:

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300 Memorial Blvd

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