In 2115, I am amazed to see how fully Indigenous knowledge and values are a part of UBC Vancouver life, in all disciplines, even in the structures of power and the buildings in which we work and learn.
A: In 2115, I am amazed to see how fully Indigenous knowledge and values are a part of UBC Vancouver life, in all disciplines, even in the structures of power and the buildings in which we work and learn. It seems like the changes so many undertook in the late 20th and early 21st centuries to make the University more responsive to Indigenous communities and their priorities, and to being more respectful and reciprocal guests on unceded Musqueam territory, have been realized in a whole host of ways. We see courses held on the land, in communities, and in other regions. We understand other-than-human peoples as important participants in the intellectual life of the campus; we experience Indigenous knowledge, intellectual productions, and languages as central to the networks of communities who find this place so intellectually meaningful. Indigenous women, trans*, and two-spirited peoples are safe, respected, and honoured in all ways as they provide important leadership on learning, living, and relating on this peninsula at the border of Turtle Island and the Pacific.
A: One of the significant developments in the field of Indigenous literary studies is the attention given to nation-specific literary traditions. Just as Indigenous storytellers, artists and writers have always worked to communicate their individual and community imaginations, I hope that the work taking place in my generation will continue to inform and transform our understanding of how culture, politics, art and community can strengthen, enrich and challenge our nations into the far future. As my work is focused on the ways that kinship informs, expands, challenges and inspires our imaginative understandings of community and individual identity, I hope that the next 100 years will see further consideration of these questions in inclusive and productive ways that expand our empathy for one another and the other-than-human world.