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Engaged research and citizenship at the nexus of the local and the global, of practice and theory.

British Columbia Office of Human Rights Commissioner & the Cedar Trees Institute
July - September 2020

In an effort to bring together leading academic research and effective public policy, the Cedar Trees Institute has partnered with the BC Office of the Human Rights Commissioner(BCOHRC) to advise on how BCOHRC can measure and assess the current state of Human Rights in BC in a community-centered, relational, and decolonizing way. 

Focusing on economic inequality, decolonization, hate and white supremacy, and incarceration as central challenges for human rights today, this broad project involves mapping academic and community partners and developing indicators and data collection methods that will allow BCOHRC to cooperatively build a community-informed understanding of current challenges. 

In particular, this challenging project demands thinking critically about the imperial legacy of human rights and their continued role in ongoing processes of colonization.  CTI is therefore working to develop a relational view of human rights that centers on self-determination, contestation, and community agency. This innovative approach puts CTI, and BCOHRC on the cutting edge of current human rights research in colonial contexts. 

Announcing the creation of Covida Collective
University of Victoria

CTI fellows Keith Cherry and Pablo Ouziel are working with a group of undergraduate students of the COVIDA collective to create fresh research on contemporary and emerging issues facing the planet to shape a better world after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upcoming Events:
Phenomenologies of
Direct Action
June 10-17, 2020
Can Poeti, Les Planes d'Hostoles, Girona, CATALUNYA, SPAIN
Climate change has produced catastrophic visions of a global crisis unfolding before our eyes whose consequences will be as unforgivable as they will be irreversible. As the waters rise, the far right has seized upon this moment to move to the center of the global political stage. Such a moment calls for addressing the convergent political aspirations of those seeking to resist and subvert efforts to dismantle democratic institutions from within, locally as well as globally. Coming from diverse intellectual and personal backgrounds our working group shares a commitment to comparative analysis as a means toward illuminating the specificities of local conditions as well as historical conjunctures on scales that approach the global.