"Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education"
Unceded Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Territory
16-18 May 2019
A complete, final program for HASTAC 2019: “Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education” on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) people is now online. Print copies will be available for free at the conference. If you are presenting in The Nest, then you might find this floor plan of use.
The program was created by the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Department of English at the University of Victoria (UVic) in partnership with HASTAC.
Below is some information from the program. For specific presentation times, names of presenters, and titles of presentations, see the full program.
- Code of Conduct
- Thursday 16 May 2019
- Friday 17 May 2019
- Saturday 18 May 2019
- Plenary Presentations
- Salishan Catering
- First Nations Creations
- Iron Dog Books
- Download the Full Program
- Pre-conference Activities
Code of Conduct
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
Thursday 16 May 2019
The conference will begin at 4pm on Thursday, May 16th, with a welcome event for Indigenous participants and their guests at the First Nations Longhouse at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. This event will be followed by a welcome and territory acknowledgement by Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) knowledge keepers and a plenary presentation in the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, also in the First Nations Longhouse. The welcome and plenary will start at 6pm.
Registration will be open in the First Nations Longhouse from 5 to 6pm on Thursday.
For complete details, see the program.
Friday 17 May 2019
Conference events, including plenaries, panels, workshops, installations, posters, performances, and social gatherings, will continue on Friday, May 17th at the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall at the UBC First Nations Longhouse and the Alma Mater Society Student Nest at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Registration will be open in the First Nations Longhouse from 8 to 11am on Friday.
For complete details, see the program.
Saturday 18 May 2019
Conference events, including plenaries, panels, workshops, installations, posters, performances, and social gatherings, will continue and conclude on Saturday, May 18th at the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall at the UBC First Nations Longhouse and the Alma Mater Society Student Nest at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Registration will be open in the First Nations Longhouse from 8 to 11am on Saturday.
For complete details, see the program.
The following people will give plenary presentations during the conference:
- Marisa Elena Duarte (Pascua Yaqui/Chicana; Arizona State University),
- Jules Arita Koostachin (MoshKeKo Cree, Attawapiskat First Nation; Social Justice Institute, University of British Columbia),
- Elizabeth LaPensée (Anishinaabe and Métis; Michigan State University),
- Melody McKiver (Anishinaabe musician, media artist, traditional powwow dancer and artist, and arts educator),
- Karyn Recollet (Cree; Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto),
- Alana Sayers (Hupacasath and Alexander First Nations; University of Victoria), and
- Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg; Alderville First Nation), and
- Kim van der Woerd (‘NAMGIS First Nation; Reciprocal Consulting; Simon Fraser University)
All catering at HASTAC 2019 is provided in the First Nations Longhouse by Salishan Catering, which began in 1993 when the owner Denise Sparrow, a citizen of the Musqueam First Nation, applied her cultural knowledge to packaging and selling salmon. The salmon business flourished and eventually transformed into a catering business when her aunt directed her to set up a food stand at a pow-wow . . . thus began Salishan Catering. Salishan fuses traditional Musqueam cultural knowledge and foods with modern foods, creating a menu unique to the catering industry in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver.
Salishan’s menu for HASTAC 2019 is:
- For Thursday’s reception (8pm in the Longhouse): Musqueam Nation trio dips (beet raita with mint, cumin, and cardamom; feta with herb dip; and lemony white bean dip); vegetable platter (asparagus, carrots, peppers, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, snap peas, and cherry tomatoes) with roasted red pepper hummus dip, assorted olives, and fried chick peas; smoked salmon with bannock; and soapberry punch with mineral water
- For breakfast on Friday (8am in the Longhouse): cinnamon bannock, assorted muffins and scones, and a variety of fruit with dip, plus coffee and tea
- For lunch on Friday (12pm in the Longhouse): alder-grilled salmon with tomato jam, bannock, salad, and a dessert square; rosemary and horseradish-crusted flank steak with red onion marmalade, coleslaw, bannock, and a dessert square; and grilled vegetable kebobs with quinoa and cucumber salad, hummus, bannock, and a desert square; plus soapberry punch with mineral water
- For breakfast on Saturday (8am in the Longhouse): variety of tea breads, coffee cakes, granola bars, croissants, and banana cookies, plus fruit with dip and coffee and tea
- For lunch on Saturday (11:30am in the Longhouse): Indian tacos (vegetarian, with bannock, chili, lettuce, tomato, light cheese, and sour cream) and stinging nettle pesto-marinated chicken with bannock, salad, and a dessert square; plus soapberry punch with mineral water
- For Saturday’s reception (8pm in the Longhouse): Chinook trio of salmon platter (house-smoked salmon, salmon pate, and maple-glazed salmon nuggets with cream cheese, lemon, capers, and onions, plus bannock or rye bread); grilled vegetable platter (eggplant, zucchini, carrots, fennel, green beans, peppers, and cherry tomatoes drizzled with blackberry and lemony olive oil glaze); juniper berry-glazed Venison meatballs and sausages; cucumber cups with toasted hazelnut, red pepper hummus, and sea asparagus; and domestic cheese boards (including Swiss, Cheddar, Havarti, Brie, and smoked Gouda with grapes and crackers); plus soapberry punch with mineral water
During meals, elders are invited to eat first, followed by presenters and then audience members. Thank you.
First Nations Creations
Author, artist, and jewelry designer, Melaney Gleeson-Lyall, from the Point family at Musqueam, is a vendor at HASTAC 2019. Melaney will be selling BC First Nations products as well as some of her own work.
Find Melaney’s table at the First Nations Longhouse throughout the conference.
Iron Dog Books
Iron Dog Books is also a vendor at HASTAC 2019. They are a mobile bookstore owned and operated by Cliff and Hilary Atleo, based primarily at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, in Tsleil-Waututh, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Musqueam territories (metro Vancouver). Centered on the core belief that books should be affordable and accessible, Iron Dog Books sells new and used fiction, non-fiction, and children’s and young adult books from a 2006 Freightliner step van that has been converted to a storefront on wheels. The shop also gratefully accepts donations of secondhand books, which allow Iron Dog Books to donate 20% of the retail value to rural and remote indigenous schools in Nuu Chah Nulth territory on the west side of Vancouver Island. Cliff and Hilary write: “As indigenous people (Nuu Chah Nulth/Tsimsian and Anishinaabe/Scottish) we care deeply about our home communities and strive always to move forward in a way that benefits our people and our environment. Book ownership and reading are powerful tools for self-determination and engagement—we are so pleased that Iron Dog Books can be part of the next chapter of bookshops.”
Find Iron Dog Books in / near the First Nations Longhouse from 4 to 7pm on Thursday, from 10am to 7pm on Friday, and from 10am to 5:30pm on Saturday.
Download the Full Program
You can download the full program in PDF. The program cover and posters for HASTAC 2019 were designed by Ricky Castanedo Laredo, who is also the Art Department Manager of CiTR Station and the Art Director of Discorder Magazine at UBC. The logo for the conference is by Diamond Point.
HASTAC 2019 participants are invited to attend the “Digital Democracies: Artificial Publics, Just Infrastructures, Ethical Learning” conference, scheduled for 14-16 May 2019 on the traditional territories of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) Nations at the Harbour Centre on Simon Fraser University’s downtown Vancouver campus. “Digital Democracies” is being organized by Wendy Chun, Svitlana Matviyenko, Zoe Druick, and the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. If you’d like to attend “Digital Democracies,” then please register through Eventbrite. Please note that room blocks for HASTAC 2019: “Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education” will not be available 13-15 May 2019.
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.