HASTAC 2019

"Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education"
Unceded Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Territory
UBC Vancouver
16-18 May 2019

News and Updates

HASTAC 2019: “Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education” is happening this May on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) people. Register now, plan your travel, reserve accommodations, check the program, and learn more about the conference theme and its logo, organizers, and partners and sponsors.

Below we’ll post updates and share conference news as they become available. We recommend checking this page before and during the conference. We hope to see you on Musqueam territory in mid-May!


Code of Conduct for HASTAC 2019 (22 Mar)

In this place and territory, we honour our commitments to ethical relationships and rigorous exchange of ideas that further the aims and sovereignties of Indigenous individuals, communities, and nations and the goals of “Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education.” As the host committee, we are seeking to create a space that is free from harassment and violence, physical or otherwise. We ask for your support in this, and we take our direction from the First Nations House of Learning’s mandate, which follows the Longhouse Teachings of Respect, Relationships, Responsibility, and Reverence. All of this is in keeping with longstanding protocols, relationships, and commitments established here. We hope attendees come with a generous spirit, a deep sense of ethics, and a genuine enthusiasm for the work we will all be doing together.

Adapted from the work of Dory Nason and Coll Thrush, NAISA 2017

Plenary: Jules Arita Koostachin (20 Mar)

We are excited to confirm that Jules Arita Koostachin (MoshKeKo Cree, Attawapiskat First Nation; Social Justice Institute, University of British Columbia) is scheduled to give a plenary presentation the morning of Friday, May 17th. The title of the talk is, “MooNaHaTihKaaSiWew: Unearthing Spirit.” Here’s a description of it: “The relationship between Indigenous ways of being and story resonate with collective and personal meaning, thus a comprehension of Indigenous epistemological approaches to our stories is fundamental in understanding how Indigenous documentary intersects with our positionality as Indigenous documentarists. Indigenous methodologies and documentary methods are intertwined, and documentary as a storytelling practice has proven to be an effective and powerful form of knowledge exchange, where we as storytellers have created socio-political change by shifting ways of thinking and humanizing our lived experiences. MooNaHaTihKaaSiWew as an InNiNeWak framework allows for an examination of the significance of our own their/herstories and cultural positionality, and how we begin to assert and articulate our stories ourselves, in turn providing an alterNATIVE perspective.” Check out more of Jules’s work: askiBOYZ.com and the short films, PLACEnta, NiiSoTeWak, and OshKiKiShiKaw, which is embedded below.

Plenary: Elizabeth LaPensée (8 Mar)

We are thrilled to confirm that Dr. Elizabeth LaPensée (Anishinaabe and Métis; Michigan State University) is scheduled to give the opening plenary at HASTAC 2019 on Thursday, May 16th at 6:30pm, following a welcome and territory acknowledgement by Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) knowledge keepers. Dr. LaPensée’s talk is titled, “When Rivers Were Trails: Sovereignty, Nationhood, and Relationality in an Adventure Game.” Here’s an abstract for the talk: In what ways can a digital game reify Indigenous sovereignty, nationhood, and relationality? When Rivers Were Trails is a 2D adventure game from the Indian Land Tenure Foundation developed in collaboration with the Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab at Michigan State University as a compendium to the Lessons of Our Land curriculum. The game was created with Indigenous artists and musicians as well as over twenty Indigenous writers who express their communities in 1890 during the impact of allotment acts which divided lands and displaced nations. This talk describes design in When Rivers Were Trails, such as the adaptation of historical 1890s maps into a user interface conveying an Indigenous worldview of lands now referred to as the United States. Twelve maps act as a record of movement and relation making as the player travels through Minnesota, the Dakotas, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California, maintaining their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing with foods and medicines. They can contribute to resistances as well as trade with, fish with, hunt with, gift, and honor the people they meet. When Rivers Were Trails offers insight into how to represent Indigenous sovereignty through self-determined intentional game design.

Lakota Territory

Image by, and used with permission from, Dr. Elizabeth LaPensée.

Child-Minding Services Available (7 Mar)

Osprey child-minding services will be available for the duration of HASTAC 2019, between 8am and 8pm each day. Rates are $20 per hour or $100 per day (for a maximum of eight hours per day, including a hot lunch). Space is limited and will be provided on a first come, first served basis, with registration required by April 1st. If you are interested in child-minding services, then please email us at info@hastac2019.org.

Registration Now Open! (17 Jan)

Early bird registration for “Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education” is now open. We encourage you to register soon. The early bird period ends 14 March 2019. Learn more.

Reserve Accommodations Now (17 Jan)

HASTAC 2019 secured room blocks at Ponderosa Commons and Walter Gage Residences, both on the Vancouver campus, and each quite affordable. Learn more. We recommend making reservations as soon as possible, as room availability is limited.

Jordan Wilson on qeqən House Posts (17 Jan)

Jordan Wilson, Musqueam curator and writer, takes us on a tour of the Musqueam house posts that exist across the UBC campus. (Care of The Ubyssey. Music by Podington Bear. Filmed and edited by Marina McDuff.)


We would like to acknowledge that the University of British Columbia is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. We thank the Musqueam Nation for its hospitality and support of our work.

We would also like to acknowledge with respect the Lkwungen-speaking peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

HASTAC wishes to express our deep gratitude to the Musqueam people for allowing us to engage digital territories on this unceded land. Changing the way we teach and learn means challenging the colonial foundations of education and technology. We are grateful for the opportunity to do this work here. Thank you.

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