Michael Fabris appointed as Assistant Professor, Indigenous Geographies

We are delighted to welcome Michael Fabris as Assistant Professor, Indigenous Geographies, commencing July 1st 2021.

Michael is currently a PhD Candidate at UBC Geography, and is in the process of completing his dissertation, “The Dispossession(s) of law: Indigenous Peoples, Canada, and Articulated Jurisdictions.” He has already received recognition for his scholarship through numerous awards and honours, including the Killam Doctoral Award, a Joseph-Armand Bombardier SSHRC Scholarship, and a Doctoral Fellowship through the Decolonizing Water SSHRC Partnership Grant.

As an Indigenous geographer, Michael’s research focuses on processes of dispossession in settler colonial contexts, and the Indigenous social movements that seek to challenge these processes by reasserting Indigenous land relationships through their own forms of governance and legal jurisdiction.

His research builds upon work within both geography and Indigenous studies, addressing the relationships between law, settler colonialism, and Indigenous dispossession. His research seeks to answer: how do Indigenous people enact their own geographic understandings in the face of past and present processes of dispossession?

Of the appointment, Michael said “I am very excited about the opportunity to become a faculty member with UBC Geography. As an Indigenous Geographer, I hope I can continue to promote geography as an excellent choice for future Indigenous scholars, through both my own contributions to the field, as well as mentoring future Indigenous geography scholars at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.”