Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), IllumiNative, and Native Organizers Alliance have partnered to launch the Indigenous Futures Project. To launch the project, we are partnering with acclaimed researchers Dr. Stephanie Fryberg (Tulalip) of the University of Michigan and Dr. Arianne Eason of the University of California, Berkeley, to conduct the Indigenous Futures Survey -- a groundbreaking research project for Native peoples by Native peoples.
The Indigenous Futures Survey (IFS) is the first survey in Indian Country that provides an opportunity for all Native peoples to shape our future through research. By understanding the critical issues impacting Indian Country, our hopes for the future, and how we have been impacted by COVID-19, we can inform and shape advocacy ahead of a historic election. The IFS also provides a unique opportunity for Indigenous young people to anonymously share their needs, opinions, and experiences that can directly impact future generations.
The goals of the 2020 Indigenous Futures Survey are to:
- Identify Native people and tribal communities’ priorities for changing narratives about Natives and building a more equitable future, especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Explore the experiences and attitudes toward federal, local, and tribal governance and engagement in democratic processes.
- Demonstrate how to engage tribal and Native communities to promote shifts in the public discourse and point the way to collective actions and democratic engagement.
The 15-20 minute survey launched on June 23, 2020, and will close on August 1, 2020. Survey participants will have the opportunity to be entered into a raffle to win one of several prizes.
As a young Native person in this country, your voice matters. CNAY invites all young people to take the Indigenous Futures Survey today and be a part of shaping the future for Indian Country.
For more information about the Indigenous Futures Survey and the organizations leading this initiative please view IllumiNatives Press Release.
IFS disseminating organizations and tribes can request access to data collected from the survey to be helpful to their future work. To participate in the IFP survey dissemination, or have questions regarding the survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 736-2905.