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The Next 100 Years

We asked researchers to transport themselves into the future.Here’s what Dr. Daniel Justice from the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program at UBC had to say.

If you could transport yourself to the future, what would you be teaching/researching in 100 years?

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.

Dr. Daniel Justice, First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program, Faculty of Arts

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.

How will the work you are doing now influence your field in 100 years?

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.

Not sure what trans* means? Daniel has provided this link to learn more.

Explore this Series

Nearly every researcher searches for something — a clue, an anomaly, a missing link — that will unlock new knowledge about the world we live in.

In the first 100 years at UBC, discovery was paramount. The drive for invention and the need to understand cause and effect ushered in decades of eureka moments in labs, classrooms and in the minds of students and professors alike as relationships between things revealed themselves. 

But what will the next 100 years bring? We asked researchers across a range of disciplines at UBC to transport themselves into the year 2115 and imagine what they might be teaching and researching.

Discover what they envision and travel with them into the future.

UBC is proud to mark its 100th anniversary as a global leader in education, research innovation and community engagement.
Learn more about the UBC Centennial.

Story Credits

Thank you to all of our participants for their willingness to predict the unknown.

Special thanks to Tim Herron, Events and Technical Services Manager, Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, for giving us lots of space to be creative and Public Affairs for suggestions on researchers for the story.

Image of beach and forest credit: Jamil Rhajiak.

Story team: UBC Communications and Marketing — Martin Dee, UBC Photographer; Margaret Doyle, Digital Storyteller; Michael Kam, Web Developer; Lina Kang, Web Coordinator; Adrian Liem, Manager, Digital Communications; Mark Pilon, Designer; Aida Viziru, Web Interaction Designer; Matt Warburton, Manager, Graphic Design.

Published: February 2016