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Geographic Indigenous Futures



Date & Time

February 9, 2022, 12:00 pm1:00 pm


The Department of Geography & Environmental Systems cordially invites you to join us for our Virtual Seminar Series on Wednesday, February 9th at Noon ET.

Geographic Indigenous Futures

Dr. Deondre Smiles
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
University of Victoria

In this talk Dr. Deondre Smiles, of University of Victoria, seeks to briefly explore the ways in which Geography as a discipline can make a break with our colonial past as we look to the future, embracing Indigenous environmental and geographic epistemologies in pursuit of what Indigenous scholars such as Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (2017) describe as radical, resurgent Indigenous politics connected to land and environment.

Dr. Smiles (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Victoria. Smiles’ work is situated at the intersection of critical Indigenous geographies, political ecology, science and technology studies, and Indigenous cultural resource management. His work focuses on the ways that Indigenous nations can draw upon cultural resource management as an effective tool for climate adaptation and mitigation in an era of anthropogenic climate crisis. Smiles is of Black, Ojibwe, and settler descent.