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Cree Coding

Secondary - Adult

Jon Corbett: Decolonizing The Computer Space

On this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Indigenous computational media artist, computer programmer & professor at Simon Fraser University, Jon Corbett, shares his journey in creating a programming language that reflects the values of his Cree culture. He begins by defining programming using unique comparisons to relatable life experiences. He then describes how programming is fundamentally colonial. Jon explains how the Western relationship between time and money has forced computerware to ignore his cultural values, before describing digital beadwork and the art piece he created with Indigenous values in mind. Finally, Jon echoes the importance of decolonizing computer spaces while sharing the steps in his journey of creating his culture-reflective coding language called Cree#, before wrapping up by offering some wisdom to aspiring digital artists and programmers.

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