Dr. Deondre Smiles
Dr. Deondre Smiles (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, he/him/wiin) is an Indigenous geographer whose research interests lie at the intersection of several fields, including critical Indigenous geographies, human-environment interactions, political ecology, tribal cultural resource preservation, and science and technology studies. Dr. Smiles is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria, with an affiliate appointment in the Indigenous Nationhood program. His current research centers around investigating connections between ‘traditional’ cultural resource management, such as burial grounds/site protection and preservation, and protection of the living environment, including more-than-human kin (animals, plants, water), with a focus on how new political possibilities can be created for all living things, humans and more-than-human alike, in an era of climate crisis. This work is part of a broader years-long research agenda focusing on Indigenous/settler contestations over Indigenous remains and burial grounds.