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The World’s Largest Gathering of Futurists

27 & 28 November
Samantha Matters


Samantha Matters

Future Ancestors Services

Samantha Matters is an accomplished academic, published researcher, and foresight strategist. She carries both Métis (Indigenous) and mixed settler ancestry. On her Métis side, Sam’s family roots are in the Meadow Lake region of Saskatchewan, Canada. Her settler family came to what is currently known as Alberta, Canada, from Scotland and England. She is one of the Founding Directors of Future Ancestors Services and a Future of Canada Project Fellow. Drawing on her experience from both the public and non-profit sectors, Sam’s futures work explores possible futures through the lens of Indigenous futurism, ancestry, and equity. In 2014, Sam received the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award for her work exploring the Indigenous histories and traditional ecological knowledge of the Beaver Hills, Alberta. In 2020, her graduate research, which examined the use of strategic foresight practices within Métis communities, won the Association of Professional Futurists Student Recognition Award and OCAD University’s Presidential Medal. She was also named a Next Generation Foresight Practitioner Fellow in 2020.

Sessions Featuring:

Samantha Matters

Regenerating Nature

From Hindsight to Foresight:
How Can We Tap into Indigenous Wisdom to Prepare for the Future?