The question, “Can Indigenous consensus protocols be programmed on a Blockchain?” was asked at ParTecK17, a two-day symposium examining the interface of technology and ethics. In conjunction with Victoria Lemieux, lead of Blockchain@UBC and the Human Data Commons Foundation, a year-long research project titled Data Sovereignty for Indigenous Sovereignty examined the question both culturally and technically.

Kristen Kozar a graduate of the University of British Columbia School of Library and Information Sciences provided a cultural lens for research into the perennial characteristics of Coast Salish cultural protocols. Multiple stakeholders contributed to a technical hypothesis for how the perennial characteristics of traditional economies of mutual reciprocity within a social system focused on collective wellbeing.

For Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks, ChinookX will facilitate a series of stakeholder design workshops to inform the prototype for a blockchain community and reciprocity currency platform.

Through an ongoing partnership with Vancouver based software company, Attaverse ChinookX are carrying on further pilot research to create a prototype for a blockchain community and reciprocity currency platform. Attaverse is an industry leader in the development of Agent-Centric Computing, a system within which users maintain full ownership and control of their data and interact through consent protocols that each user consciously sets. One stakeholder and development partner with Attaverse is the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council.