Meagan Byrne is an Âpihtawikosisân (Métis) digital media artist and game designer born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. She has been creating digital interactive works since 2014 and is heavily influenced by both RPG games and all the stories she heard growing up. Her designs incorporate narrative, game mechanics, sound and traditional art and are deeply rooted in indigenous futurisms, language and indigenous feminist theory. She sees her work as a constant struggle to navigate the complexities of indigenous identity within a deeply colonized system. Meagan uses her work to explore questions of cultural belonging, the indigenization of media and the future of indigenous language and culture.
Her first major work Wanisinowin | Lost (2015) has been shown at imagineNATIVE Film Festival, Toronto; Different Games Conference, New York; and IndieCade, California. Meagan has received a B.A. of English Literature (2009) from McMaster University and a B.A. of Game Design (2017) from The Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Meagan currently works as the Digital and Interactive Coordinator at imagineNATIVE and the owner/lead designer of Achimostawinan Games, and Indigenous-run video game studio. She is on the board of Dames Making Games, a nonprofit dedicated to helping marginalized game designers and developers.
Games by Meagan: https://meaganbyrne.carbonmade.com/