The Hall of Mirrors and A Landscape of Multiple Layer

Insurgent Research, Indigenous Resurgence, and Challenging the University Structure

  • Chris "Kikila" Perrin UVic - Interdisciplinary


The space created within the “hall of mirrors” that is university organizes knowing into constituent parts, isolating them from their connections until something is knowing intricately yet individually. This paradigm has begun increasingly to draw Indigenous academics and scholarship into its silos where the ways of knowing those academics bring are to be pulled apart and explored, enfranchised within the colonial system until they themselves are colonized. My paper explores how the fundamental basis for knowing in many Indigenous worldviews, relationship, is capable of undermining this pulling apart, creating a resurgent space within the university structure that is counter to the colonial paradigm that informs learning within.