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Strategic Foresight in Métis Communities: Lessons from Indigenous Futurism

Matters, Samantha (2019) Strategic Foresight in Métis Communities: Lessons from Indigenous Futurism. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Matters, Samantha
Abstract:

In this paper, I explore and critique the use of strategic foresight methods with Métis Nations and consider the possibility of Indigenous futurism for decolonizing the field. Working in collaboration with the Métis Nation of Ontario to explore their future as a self-governing nation, I assess the suitability of the Three Horizons foresight method in an Indigenous context. Collecting data from
a facilitated Three Horizons workshop and a focus group session, the paper follows an Indigenous methodological approach. My findings show that while the Three Horizons method was robust in engaging the Nation around this subject matter, futurists must revisit the mental models from which they approach futures studies. Concepts and lessons from Indigenous futurism could challenge futures practitioners to explore new understandings. I conclude by arguing that to avoid colonizing the future, futurists must make space for foresight practices that are community-led, privilege Indigenous voices, and shift power away from expert-led dialogues.

Date: 2019
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 18:03
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 18:03
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2804

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