Survivance is a social impact game that asks us to explore our presence and create works of art as a pathway to healing. Players choose from non-linear quests that are structured in the phases of the Indigenous life journey. At the end of each quest, players create an act of survivance—a form of self-determination based on Anishinaabe scholar Gerald Vizenor’s term “survivance.” Survivance merges survival and endurance in asserting Indigenous presence in contemporary media.

Survivance is inspired by Discovering Our Story, developed by Wisdom of the Elders, Inc., and made possible by Aboriginal Territories in CyberspaceAboriginal History Media Arts Lab, Potlatch Fund, and Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts & Technology.