About us

Situated on Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations’ territory at the University of Victoria, the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) is a research centre dedicated to promoting and engaging in research with Indigenous Peoples to improve their well-being.

CIRCLE brings together diverse academic and community members to support inclusive mentorship, community-led research training and knowledge sharing driven by, and for the benefit of Indigenous Nations and Peoples. CIRCLE focuses on the resilience and resurgence of Indigenous Peoples amidst colonial policies and practices. We foster Indigenous empowerment, health and well-being through research that values Indigenous cultures, partnerships with communities, and experiential learning. 


CIRCLE provides resources and support for faculty, students and communities to undertake Indigenous research and related activities. Our programs are respectful of local Indigenous knowledge systems and worldviews. The Centre promotes culturally safe and appropriate research relationships as well as meaningful collaborations at local, regional, national and international levels.

CIRCLE Priorities

  • Indigenous political and legal traditions;
  • Research that is grounded in Indigenous knowledge systems and worldviews;
  • Indigenous, decolonizing and reconciling research approaches and methodologies;
  • Interdisciplinary and collaborative Indigenous research;
  • Community-led engagement and relationship building;
  • Voices of Elders, knowledge holders, residential school survivors and cultural leaders;
  • Culturally-grounded knowledge sharing, including oral and arts-based;
  • Land-based learning;
  • Indigenous education;
  • Indigenous wellness.

For any questions, or concerns, please contact us.