Michelle Daigle, Assistant Professor

Daigle Profile Photo

Home Campus:
U of T St. George

University of Washington, 2015

Cross Appointments:
With Centre for Indigenous Studies

Contact Information:

Phone: 416-946-7260
Location: Room 5016B, Sidney Smith Hall
100 St. George St.
Toronto, ON M5S 3G3

Personal Website: https://ubc.academia.edu/MichelleDaigle

Research Interests:

  • Indigenous geographies and ecologies
  • Settler colonialism
  • Indigenous resurgence
  • Decolonial geographies
  • Geographies of resource extraction
  • Indigenous feminism
  • Indigenous food sovereignty
  • Indigenous water governance

I am Mushkegowuk (Cree), a member of Constance Lake First Nation in Treaty 9, and of French ancestry. Broadly, my research examines colonial capitalist dispossession and violence on Indigenous lands and bodies, as well as Indigenous practices of resurgence and freedom. My current research project is on environmental (in)justice in Mushkegowuk territory. Over the past several years, I have also collaborated with Dr. Magie Ramirez, in an effort to build grounded theorizations of decolonial geographies.

Teaching This Academic Year:

GGR400 Special Topics: Indigenous Geographies

JPG2150H Special Topics: Geographies of Decolonization and Liberation

INS407 ‘Indigenous/Canadian Relations in Environmental and Resource Management’

Call For Students:

I am currently accepting students who work on various topics related to Indigenous and anti-colonial geographies. Please contact me directly if you would like to discuss the possibility of working with me.

Selected Publications:

Daigle, M. 2019. The Spectacle of Reconciliation: On (the) Unsettling Responsibilities to Indigenous Peoples in the Academy. Environment and Planning: D: Society and Space. DOI: 10.1177/0263775818824342.

Daigle, M. and M. Ramirez. 2019. Decolonial Geographies. In Antipode’s Keywords in Radical Geographical Thought.

Daigle, M. 2018. Resurging through Kishiichiwan: The spatial politics of Indigenous water relations. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, Special Issue: Indigenous Peoples and the Politics of Water 7(1): 159-172.

Daigle, M. 2018. Embodying relational accountability in settler colonial contexts in Naylor, L., M. Daigle, S. Zaragocin, M. Ramirez and M. Gilmartin. Interventions: Bringing the Decolonial to Political Geography. Political Geography 66: 199-209.

Daigle, M. 2018. Embodying kinship responsibilities in and through water. In Water in the West. Calgary, ed. J. Ellis: University of Calgary Press: 1-11.

Daigle, M. 2017. Tracing the terrain of Indigenous food sovereignties. The Journal of Peasant Studies: 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2017.1324423.

Daigle, M. and J. Sundberg. 2017. From where we stand: Unsettling geographical knowledges in the classroom. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 42 (3): 338-41.

Daigle, M. 2016. Awawanenitakik: The spatial politics of recognition and relational geographies of Indigenous self‐determination. The Canadian Geographer 60 (2): 259-69.