We invite you to check the projects that we are hosting and collaborating with in this 2021-2022 academic year.

SAGE workshop Indigenous Research Ethics

CIRCLE is delighted to present our SAGE workshop Indigenous Research Ethics. This workshop was facilitated by Dr. Sarah Hunt (Environmental Studies), Dr. Brian Tom (Anthropology), and Kenna Miskelly (Human Research Ethics Facilitator at UVic). This workshop focused on the ethics of Indigenous Research. 

Book launch of Space-Time Colonialism

The Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement is excited to present the book launch of Space-Time Colonialism by Dr. Juliana Hu Pegues. Respondents will be Dr. Rita Kaur Dhamoon, Dr. Feng Xu and Dr. Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark.

Book description

As the enduring "last frontier," Alaska proves an indispensable context for examining the form and function of American colonialism, particularly in the shift from western continental expansion to global empire. In this richly theorized work, Juliana Hu Pegues evaluates four key historical periods in U.S.-Alaskan history: the Alaskan purchase, the Gold Rush, the emergence of salmon canneries, and the World War II era. In each, Hu Pegues recognizes colonial and racial entanglements between Alaska Native peoples and Asian immigrants. In the midst of this complex interplay, the American colonial project advanced by differentially racializing and gendering Indigenous and Asian peoples, constructing Asian immigrants as "out of place" and Alaska Natives as "out of time." Counter to this space-time colonialism, Native and Asian peoples created alternate modes of meaning and belonging through their literature, photography, political organizing, and sociality.

Offering an intersectional approach to U.S. empire, Indigenous dispossession, and labor exploitation, Space-Time Colonialism makes clear that Alaska is essential to understanding both U.S. imperial expansion and the machinations of settler colonialism. 

SAGE workshop Indigenous Queer and Feminist Frameworks

SAGE workshop Indigenous Queer and Feminist Frameworks. Workshop facilitated by Dr. Juliana Hu Pegues (Cornell University).

In this workshop, we will think about engaging Indigenous queer and feminist analyses in our research and scholarship. How do Indigenous queer and feminist critiques help us consider not only lenses of gender and sexuality but also the intersectional stakes of non-normativity, refusal, and non-statist forms of sovereignty? How might Indigenous queer and feminist scholars and authors inform creative and alternate modes of method and writing?


Book launch of Fresh Banana Leaves

Despite the undeniable fact that Indigenous communities are among the most affected by climate devastation, Indigenous science is nowhere to be found in mainstream environmental policy or discourse. And while holistic land, water, and forest management practices born from millennia of Indigenous knowledge systems have much to teach all of us, Indigenous science has long been ignored, otherized, or perceived as “soft”–the product of a systematic, centuries-long campaign of racism, colonialism, extractive capitalism, and delegitimization.


Book launch of Settler Memory

The Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement is excited to present the book launch of Settler Memory by Dr. Kevin Bruyneel. Respondents are Dr. Christine O’Bonsawin, Dr. Jeff Corntassel and Dr. Corey Snelgrove. 


Book Description

Faint traces of Indigenous people and their histories abound in American media, memory, and myths. Indigeneity often remains absent or invisible, however, especially in contemporary political and intellectual discourse about white supremacy, anti-Blackness, and racism in general. In this ambitious new book, KevinBruyneel confronts the chronic displacement of Indigeneity in the politics and discourse around race in American political theory and culture, arguing that the ongoing influence of settler-colonialism has undermined efforts to understand Indigenous politics while also hindering conversation around race itself. By reexamining major episodes, texts, writers, and memories of the political past from the seventeenth century to the present, Bruyneel reveals the power of settler memory at work in the persistent disavowal of Indigeneity. He also shows how Indigenous and Black intellectuals have understood ties between racism and white settler memory, even as the settler dimensions of whiteness are frequently erased in our discourse about race, whether in conflicts over Indian mascotry or the white nationalist underpinnings of Trumpism. Envisioning a new political future, Bruyneel challenges readers to refuse settler memory and consider a third reconstruction that can meaningfully link antiracism and anticolonialism.


SAGE workshop Navigating the Research and Publishing Process

SAGE workshop Navigating the Research and Publishing Process. This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Kevin Bruyneel (Babson College). Details below.


The workshop will be open to any topics and questions students wish to pose regarding the development and framing of research questions, the writing and publishing process, as well as negotiating the boundaries and demands of the academy. Topics could also include how to be an interpretive and qualitative methods scholar in disciplines that privilege quantitative methods, intervening in canonical, even hegemonic discourses and texts, attending to the entangled relationship of history and memory, refusing erasures, and engaging in recuperative readings and analyses.


Unceded Chiefs Film

CIRCLE is thrilled to be part of this amazing project and invite you to join us for the Unceded Chiefs film screening and fundraiser for W̱SÁNEĆ students of Parklands Secondary School.
When: Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 6—8pm
Where: David Turpin Building A102 


6:00-6:15 - Intro to movie, Sharing about Parklands students and inviting people to donate to their travel costs for on the land learning
6:15 - 7:15 - movie
7:15 - 7:45 - panel featuring Mavis Underwood, Charles Elliott, Don Tom, and Eric Pelkey
7:45 - 8:00 - thanks and close

Indigenous Perspectives and Approaches to Climate Action

Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta and Founder of Sacred Earth Solar as well as Co-founder and Healing Justice Director at Indigenous Climate Action. Melina holds a Master's degree in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria with a focus on Renewable Energy. 


Melina Laboucan-Massimo


Navigating the Grad School Experience

This workshop is for graduate students at all stages in their studies. The goal is to offer some key tips and information on navigating grad school including timelines, supervisory relationship, expectations, funding, peer groups, navigating racism+sexism, and applying for postdocs and (academic and non-academic) jobs. 

Navigating the Grad School Experience workshop


Every Semester Needs a Plan

Do you start every semester with hopes of checking off that “to do” list? Do you always think you will accomplish more than you do? Do you often wonder where the time has gone? If so, this workshop is for you!!! Come join Dr. Hōkūlani K. Aikau as she leads us through a method for devising a semester plan. This plan can help in achieving tangible and realistic expectations for the semester as well as aid in organizing your work and time. Bring a notebook and your calendars as we will each develop our plans in this workshop.

Every Semester Needs a Plan

Launch book: The 500 of Indigenous Resistance

CIRCLE would like to invite you to join us for the launch of Gord Hill's 2nd edition of his ground-breaking comic book 500 Years of Resistance at First Peoples House on Friday, November 19th at 7pm (doors open 6:30pm).

Gord Hill Book Launch


The Politics of Indigeneity, Anarchist Praxis, and Decolonization

Join us to the online launch event for The Politics of Indigeneity, Anarchist Praxis, and Decolonization. 

Speakers: Jeff Corntassel, J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Macarena Gómez-Barris, Mary Tuti Baker, And Theresa Warburton​.

The Politics of Indigeneity, anarchist praxis, and decolonization


Zotero Workshop at CIRCLE

Join us in our upcoming Zotero workshop! Zotero is a free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials. Dr. J. Matthew Huculak will guide us through the best practices to use Zotero so that you can get your reference list started.

Zotero workshop CIRCLE


2022 Indigenous Feminisms Symposium


Please visit the following link for more information:https://www.uvic.ca/research/centres/circle/events/ifs/index.php



Indigenous Graduate Student Conference

The Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) and the Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) program are excited to announce the second annual Indigenous Graduate Student Conference. This year’s theme for the conference is Indigenous Nationhood and Being a Good Visitor. The conference will be hosted at the First Peoples House, University of Victoria on May 20th 9am—5pm (lunch and refreshments will be provided). This conference will be broadcasted via Zoom for those people who are unable to be present at UVic.

To register for this event, sign up at the following link: events.eply.com/INPERSONRegistrationformIndigenousGraduateStudentConference3366466

If you wish to present at the conference, we welcome proposals from Indigenous graduate students across all faculties, institutions, and campuses.

 Indigenous Graduate Student Conference Call for proposals