Decolonizing Conservation: A Reading List
- 1. University of British Columbia, Department of Geography
This document is an introduction to a reading list about decolonizing conservation, which I created with the goal of helping well-meaning non-Indigenous folks like myself educate themselves on the colonial, white supremacist, and imperialist roots of biodiversity conservation. Many of us work in places with long histories of occupation and colonialism, where the impacts of colonialism are still ongoing, and no matter how well-intentioned, conservation work tends to continue those legacies. In order to stop inflicting harm on Indigenous communities, we need to start by understanding the many ways the work we do and the assumptions we make are informed by these frameworks.
The post introducing the reading list, as well as the reading list itself, are both regularly updated. You can access the most recent version here: http://bit.ly/decolonizing-conservation-2