ProjectFourth-year capstone
SkillsResearch/Design Thinking
Capstone 2017

The Humanly Project

The Humanly project required me to work with one of the UN’s Global Goals — No. 10; Reduced Inequalities. I started my journey by asking “What does reconciliation mean?” By researching Canada’s history of Indigenous colonization, I realized there was a big problem with inter-generational trauma, which still affects almost every Indigenous family. The cascading effects also show up in other Canadians’ biases and attitudes.


The Process

Step 1:


My research consisted of ethnographic and desk research: subject matter experts, numerous statistical data sources, talking to community members and academic interviews. I felt that it was important to depict a time and space that I was most familiar with — the monochronic, or, linear timeline, in which “westerners” are most familiar with.

Step 2:

Map the System

This visualization was created with the focus on both polychronic time — an Indigenous sense of time in which everything happens at once, and a monochronic, or linear timeline — one in which we are more familiar with. With both intersected, we get a sense of cause and effect from one point of view to another — from one culture to another, but happening at virtually the same time.

Step 3:

Ideate & Create Prototype Educational Activity

My final prototype was an activity that would help educate K-12 students and beyond on Indigenous culture as a result of this trauma. The ultimate goal was “How might we help all Canadians understand and permeate the barriers to reconciliation in support of Indigenous communities?”