Jassi Ranauta was born on unceded Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, Canada) to parents who immigrated from Punjab (India). Jassi is currently completing his Master in Environmental Studies at York University and holds a BA in Psychology and History from the University of British Columbia and a BA Honours in Human Rights from Carleton University. His past professional experience includes working within the settlement sector with immigrant and refugee communities while his ongoing academic work focuses on critically analyzing the sustained processes of transnational coloniality/modernity with a specific emphasis on environmental justice. Jassi’s current research project examines the exclusion of diasporic knowledge and lived experiences, specifically of the Punjabi Sikh community, in mainstream Canadian "environmentalism" movements as a process of coloniality/modernity. He is interested in working towards developing links between the Punjabi diaspora and Indigenous-led critical environmental justice movements in Canada by exploring their intersecting experiences with colonialism and the potential for solidarity.
Keywords: Decoloniality; environmental justice; Punjab; Sikh Diaspora in Canada; lived experience; migration; transnationalism