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Decolonizing geoscience requires more than equity and inclusion

Colonial relationships with Indigenous land and knowledge in geoscience disciplines must be acknowledged to address harm and change how science is done, argues Max Liboiron.

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Liboiron, M. Decolonizing geoscience requires more than equity and inclusion. Nat. Geosci. 14, 876–877 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-021-00861-7

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