#DecolonizedScholars
The Issue

We are an environmental organization that empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods.

Mission & Values
DLP is a grassroots collective of educators, academics, visionaries, and community members challenging colonial knowledge by providing a counter-platform for learning, sharing and growing. This community seeks to create space to amplify the voices muffled by disenfranchisement to engage in vibrant, dynamic discourse through interactive and accessible information-sharing.

Pedagogical Vision
Operating as a community resource, the project functions as a Digital Library that showcases work from scholars and creatives alike, working to lay the groundwork necessary for an intellectual revolution through narratives that resist colonial frameworks and highlight alternative ways of knowing and being. The vision of the database is exponential, bringing together generational visionaries and thought-leaders; people in all stages of their revolutionary journeys.

Advancing Knowledge
DLP seeks to mobilize and decolonize knowledge by publishing a collection of written research articles, poetry, film, art, community resources and creative media that connects the enterprise of theory with the insights and lived realities of the modern subject.

Juxtaposed between faith and culture, the platform will propagate accounts related but not limited to activism studies, the outworkings of religious ethics and literacy, the impact of liberation theologies, intersectional and post-colonial feminisms, queer, Black and indigenous theory, critiques of capitalism, and postsecular approaches.

The DLP is a collective that works in the interest of pluralism, towards a future of collective flourishing and subaltern liberation. We present a variety of perspectives as a means of providing education to our communities.

Strength in Community
The digital library is primed to reinforce the interests of marginalized communities through the support of community members and initiatives. The project aims to exist as a form of knowledge and resource mobilization for the collective. This endeavour would not have been possible without our mothers, our mentors, our professors, and brothers and sisters in resistance and love.
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Revolution

Bringing together people at all stages of their revolutionary journeys.

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Liberation

DLP is a collective that works in the interest of pluralism and aims to move towards a future of liberation for all.

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Decolonization

Working together to acknowledge and obliterate existing colonial frameworks to mobilize knowledge for marginalized communities.

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Stay open-minded

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Protect the Earth

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Stay optimistic

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Work from love

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Lend a hand

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Plant new seeds

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Work together

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Be an open book

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DLP Logo
Revolution, liberation, and decolonization. Our logo encompasses these values.

The DLP is a grassroots organization that works to counter colonial narratives by providing a variety of resources to the public so that they are able to better educate themselves on the constraints and limitations of colonization in North America. By sharing books, essays, unpublished scholarly content, and through the propagation of other creative outlets, the core of the organization seeks to provide direction and clarity to the audience on discourses that are laced with colonial processes.

The intention is to expand our outlook by decolonizing our knowledge. Through the content we publish, we want our readers to grow and configure new modes of being — just like the steps on the books in our logo indicate, from the leftmost book to the rightmost book.

Finally, we are progressive and radical. We are here to breakthrough the barriers that colonized academics face — which is represented through the bird breaking through the ring of the normative and symbolizing new possibilities.
Our Team
Meet the faces behind The Decolonized Library Project.

Our leaders set our global direction, goals and strategies, and support nearly 500 team members working in more than 20 countries around the world.

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Kiran Chahal

Executive Director

Kiran Chahal holds a B.A. in the Study of Religion from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Religion, Culture and Global Justice from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Humanities department at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Her doctoral work centers around topics in postsecularism, postcolonial theories, as well as ideas in epistemic injustice. By relying on spiritual frameworks and conceptions about liberation, she asks questions about sovereignty and the place of spiritual ontologies in modern ‘postsecular’ societies. Kiran is also currently working on a book of her own, a short theory piece that will be published as a community resource for the Sikh Diaspora.



Shifa Abbas

Executive Director

Shifa Abbas, Toronto, born and raised, now works as a Global Coordinator for an international nonprofit based out of Princeton, New Jersey. Shifa is a graduate of the Master of Arts program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Religion, Culture and Global Justice as well as a graduate researcher. Shifa also is an Ontario- and New York State- certified high school science and math teacher and tutor, having graduated from Medaille College with a Masters of Science in Education. She has experience in youth engagement and mentoring, international development and nonprofit, and graduate research work. Her interests of study include the role of religion in environmental and social justice work. Shifa is interested in international development and the ways marginalized peoples use their collective power to change and transform communities.

Fatima Chakroun

Executive Director

Fatima Chakroun holds an MA in Religion, Culture and Global Justice and an MA in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her undergrad was completed at University of Toronto where she majored in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies. Her research interests include the construction of Shia theology, Shia revolutionary thought and Quranic hermeneutics.

Simreet Kaur

Lead Graphic Designer

Simreet Kaur is a Toronto based Graphic Designer driven by her passion to explore social issues. She graduated from OCAD University in April 2020 while successfully completing her award winning thesis project called Indebted. Besides engaging with the community through charity work and running her design practice, esskaurdesign, she aims to help make the world a better place by creating designs anchored in personal values of everyday life. Despite being ambitious, she believes that the biggest secret to accomplishing any goal is to work hard, while staying humble. Outside of design, she loves to cook, spend time in nature and listen to keertan.

Arshdeep Kang

Graphic Designer

Arshdeep Kang is a second year Graphic Design student at OCAD University. She is inspired by the work of other artists that believe in social justice and who are a part of movements that help the community. As a team member for DLP, she takes great pride in being able to share the work of these artists. She advocates for social reform, and hopes one day she can use her design platform to raise voices that have been silenced. In her free time, she likes to read books, create gifs, and drink cha.

Sukhraj Billen

Graphic Designer

Sukhraj Singh Billen is a student in his second year who is studying graphic design at OCAD university. Sukhraj strongly believes in justice and freedom of speech. He enjoys reading and is constantly striving to learn new things. Sukhraj often spends his time doing volunteer work, specifically he tends to do Seva (selfless service) with an organisation called Experience Sikhi. This organisation does many different events, one being the downtown Seva initiative which gives back to the homeless in Downtown Toronto. Sukhraj is a strong advocate for the idea of finding yourself and always trying to learn from your mistakes and using them to grow.

Jannat Chahal

Junior Director

Jannat Chahal is a third-year student at the University of Toronto Mississauga and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Religions program. She is a student mentor, coordinator, and aspiring law school candidate who is passionate about helping marginalized peoples overcome systemic barriers. She is currently studying theories of violence and researching philosophical issues regarding the Farmer's Protests in India. Through working with the Decolonized Library Project, she aims to continue working closely with the community and encourage the mobilization of education for minority groups.

Nanditha Narayanamoorthy

Communications Coordinator

Nanditha is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Humanities at York University, Toronto, Canada. Her research employs critical discourse analysis and a digital humanities framework to explore feminist and queer digital counterpublics through digital protest in the Global South. She specifically engages with protest hashtags to investigate questions of representation, access, identity building, and participation of gendered subaltern communities on social media platforms in the Indian context.

Tandeep Kaur

Research Assistant

Tandeep Kaur is completing two B.A. degrees from Baruch College in New York City; a degree in Political Science and another in Communications with an additional concentration in Theatre. Upon graduation, she aspires to complete her M.S.c.in Violence, Conflict, and Development as well as her J.D. Her academic interests include the presence of violence in post-conflict societies, the influence of power structures on the hierarchy of languages, collective mobilization in marginalized communities, and electoral violence. Outside of academia, Tandeep is a paralegal, emcee, and community organizer, whose work is inspired and empowered by her lineage of royalty and justice-based rebellion.

Amy Saraon

Research Assistant

Amy Saraon is a fourth year student pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Global Studies at Athabasca University. Amy is looking forward to continuing her education in international relations and research topics such as the commercial sexual exploitation of vulnerable women in Southeast Asia, migration, human rights and development. In her free time, Amy likes to try new recipes, hike and read.

Ayeda Khan

Research Assistant

Ayeda Khan is a third year undergraduate student at York University pursuing a major in Political Science and minor in Biology. She believes in mutual aid and the power of community organizing, as such she volunteers with organizations that support this mission in both Toronto and Karachi. Her research interests include investigating the relationship between Western Medicine and colonialism along with its current impact globally.

Ezza Sabir

Research Assistant

Ezza Sabir, born and raised in Islamabad Pakistan, completed her Bachelors in International Relations from Bahria University Islamabad and now enrolled for her Masters for National Security. She intends to work for the provision of basic education for refugee kids and its importance for the restructuring of war torn societies. Through her writings, she intends to highlight the decolonial narrative in respect to a multitude of different issues.

Zahra Hazara

Research Assistant

Zahra Hazara graduated with a Law Clerk Degree and is currently pursuing a Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Seneca College. She is also the team lead at Who is Hussain Toronto, where she works with the most vulnerable in our community. Zahra is very passionate about volunteering and helping those that need our help the most. In her free time, she enjoys painting and uses her art to share her voice with the world. Zahra is honoured to work in an organization full of such bright and ambitious folks and truly believes that we can bring positive change to society. As a Hazara, she wants to use her voice and educate others about the ongoing genocide of Hazaras.

Jasleen Kaur

Jasleen Kaur is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa, majoring in religious studies and minoring in communication, with hopes of pursuing an academic career in South Asian religions. Jasleen immerses herself into art, writing, and spirituality. To her, in a world where communication is the center of the human experience, creating art as a form of conveying emotions and experiences without the usage of words is refreshing. Through working with the Decolonized Library Project, she hopes to conduct research, specifically tackling the field of religion.

Anmol Singh

Research Assistant

Being a student of Sikhi, Anmol Singh finds himself constantly researching all periods of Punjabi and Sikh history to the most extensive degree possible. Currently, he is working through Banda Singh Bahadur’s Revolution from his commandment and the revolution’s inception in 1708 to his downfall and subsequent aftermath by the 1720s.Subjects aside from those include his rise, prominence, victories, political responses, social changes and more.

Dalraj Singh

Research Assistant

Dalraj Singh is an incoming JD student at Osgoode Hall and recent graduate from the University of Toronto where he completed his HBA in Political Science, Public Law, and Philosophy. Inspired by the history of the Sikh Gurus, Saints, and Shaheeds, Dalraj has an active interest in advocacy of minority rights and community representation. Following this passion, his undergraduate research has primarily focused on comparative legal systems and human rights in the international context, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada’s role in upholding and/or limiting the rights of Indigenous and minority communities.

Our Impact
We invest in a better tomorrow for the planet and all its people.
50

million trees planted

200

women employed in communities

25,000

volunteers have been mobilized

150

different chapters internationally

TAKE A LOOK BACK AT WHERE WE’VE BEEN
2018

Training to rural women and community-based organizations

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2018

Training to rural women and community-based organizations

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2018

Training to rural women and community-based organizations

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2018

Training to rural women and community-based organizations

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2018

Training to rural women and community-based organizations

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2018

Training to rural women and community-based organizations

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