In a workshop with First Nations Film program students at Capilano University, our class was guided through a Blanket Exercise that had us physically immersed in the process of colonialization in Canada. The exercise made us realize our lack of awareness about the land we occupy, and how little we, like many other non-Indigenous people, know about Canada’s history of colonialization. We also went on a field trip to the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, where we learned about BC’s Indigenous heritage and languages through immersive, interactive exhibits.
After the workshop and field trip, our team was struck by the omnipresence of Indigenous land and stories all around us, as well as the way that interactive design can bring learning to life. We wanted to use interactive design to help non-Indigenous people better acknowledge the Indigenous land and stories around us.
We conducted additional research at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC to find out more about local Indigenous practices throughout time. Our experience at the Museum informed our colour palette, iconography, and the scenes we chose to highlight in our mockups.