The question, “Can Indigenous consensus protocols be programmed on a Blockchain?” was asked by the University of British Columbia’s School of Library and Information Sciences and the Human Data Commons Foundation (Vancouver/Unceded Territories), through the year-long research project, Data Sovereignty for Indigenous Sovereignty (2018). The project considered the question both culturally and technically. Kristen Kozar, a graduate of UBC’s School of Library and Information Sciences provided a cultural lens for research into the perennial characteristics of Coast Salish cultural protocols and traditional economies of mutual reciprocity within a social system focused on collective wellbeing. Out of this ChinookX developed as an Indigenous-led non-profit organization that culturally incentives these protocols as a viable future through gaming and youth leadership, while working most closely with the Tŝilhqot'in National Government, and the intention to work with all 198 First Nations whose territories are occupied by British Columbia.

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