This website offers an overview of projects led by a collective of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers mostly based at the University of British Columbia who are working on the topic of “confronting colonialism” in different areas and sectors.

What is unique about the approach of this research collective is that our work is multi-scalar, complexity-focused, and anchored in ontological critiques that address cognitive, affective, relational, economic and ecological dimensions of practice. These dimensions include practices related to knowledge production, representation, decision making, relationship building, answerability, and accountability, with an emphasis on the practice of facing responsibility for complicities in historical, systemic and ongoing harm.

While most analyses of colonialism focus on the occupation of lands and theĀ  subjugation of peoples, the approach of this research collective is to see these aspects as symptoms of a deeper root problem related to the imposition and normalization of the sense of separability between humans and land, other species, and each other. For the collective, separability is the ontological foundation of modernity/coloniality, which defines the existence and worth of modern/colonial subjects as they participate in multiple modern/colonial economies of value production.

As researchers, we have a common approach to the analysis of modernity/coloniality, but we work in different areas, each of which has its own contextual layers of complexity. Most of our work happens in different Indigenous territories of what is known as Canada today. We acknowledge that the discussions in the Canadian context are particularly different from other places in the world where it comes to questions of decolonization, Indigenization, and Indigenous struggles.

Our work is also committed to reparations: all proceedings from external research collaborations are redistributed to Indigenous-led projects related to food sovereignty, water security and land rematriation, in partner Indigenous communities, mostly in Brazil.

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