About us

The centre is a University of Victoria research centre dedicated to promoting and engaging in research in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to improve their well-being.

We acknowledge with respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples on whose traditional territory the centre stands and whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.


The centre provides resources and supports for faculty, students and communities to undertake community-driven Indigenous research and related activities. Our programs, processes and products are respectful of local protocols, Indigenous knowledge systems and worldviews.

Additionally, we promote culturally safe and appropriate relationships and 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.