We Are All Related AR

About the Project

The We are All Related Augmented Reality (AR) project seeks to integrate Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in post-secondary education, encouraging processes of critical, reflective, and reciprocal relationship-building though the co-creation of AR content. Augmented reality layers digital information over a view of the “real-world” on a mobile device, offering an innovative approach to engage faculty, students and Indigenous peoples to share insights and knowledge beyond what is first observed. Cree teachings in digital narrative form, created and presented in AR platforms, can share location-based knowledge, history, and language in engaging ways that reveal settler and Indigenous histories, present activities, and potential futures co-present in shared spaces.

Our AR ‘learning by design’ project involves a guided pedagogical process where students and instructors from the University of Alberta work with Cree Knowledge Keepers from Saddle Lake Cree Nation to co-create AR content. We used the HP Reveal (formerly Aurasma) platform to share AR stories about treaty at Sweetgrass Bear, a Treaty 6 marker bear sculpture carved by Stewart Steinhauer, inspired by a vision received by Knowledge Keeper Dr. Diana Steinhauer. The sculpture is located in the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta, a former Hudson’s Bay Company site. It is a concrete expression of the relationships between Cree and settler peoples of the area, and serves as a physical reminder of treaty.

Working through a series of learning resources, students follow an AR design process through conversations on topics such as settler-colonialism, respectful relationship-building, traditional and contemporary forms of information governance (including OCAP® principles), ownership of cultural knowledge, language revitalization, and other considerations. The result of these relationships and this process are co-created AR stories that are retained (owned, controlled, accessed and possessed) by Knowledge Keepers and shared with the public.

Sweetgrass Bear

Experience the Sweetgrass Bear AR Stories

AR stories are now available at four Treaty 6 marker sculptures, included on the map below. This AR story trail was co-created to challenge colonial narratives that privilege settler perspectives and to prompt reflection on Indigenous-settler relationships.

You can view the stories by going to the below links, no app required.

Two stories, tānisi and Oral Understanding of Treaty, are included at each site. In addition, each site hosts two stories unique to that site.

Additional sites of interest have been added to the map below.

For tips on experiencing the AR stories, go to https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/sweetgrassar/hear-the-stories

About the Sweetgrass Bear Treaty Markers

The Sweetgrass Bears were carved by Stewart Steinhauer in response to a vision from his cousin, Dr. Diana Steinhauer. The marker bears are designed to embody Cree knowledge and teachings, and to act as physical expressions of treaty relationships. This project created AR stories for the Sweetgrass Bear located at Enterprise Square, a former Hudson's Bay Company building.

Video produced by MACE 501 students Billy Smale and Amanda Almond.