DOI: 10.1111/nzg.12367 ISSN: 0028-8144

Coloniality and Indigenous ways of knowing at the edges: Emplacing Earth kin in conservation communities

Elaina J. W. Weber, Elizabeth S. Barron
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Geography, Planning and Development


Participation of Indigenous peoples and local communities is encouraged in calls for sustainable transitions and transformations. The term ‘community’ is widely used yet nebulously defined. Conservation that removes people from their communities of land invokes epistemological authority and displaced relationships. We relate our work to the articles in this special issue to rethink the relationship between humans and nature in conservation. We propose expanding the term ‘local communities’ to include more than just humans. By decentring the human subject, we rethink what it means to participate in community and place‐making, further unpacking the ethical motivations of emplacement.

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