The Project

The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research of York University, Canada, has provided a Seed Grant for Critical Social Science Perspectives in Global Health Research for a project titled: Decolonizing Planetary Health Through Williche Ecologies of Repair. Using the case of the 2018 collaborative repair of a water mill in the indigenous

Williche territory of Weketrumao, Chiloé archipelago, Chile, we expect that this youth-centred and qualitative research project (Tilleczek, 2020) contributes to a deeper reflection on how ecologies of repair contribute to the re-establishment of a reciprocal relationship between human and environmental well-being that is fundamental for planetary health. It further investigates these processes to provide evidence to fully describe and better understand the process with/for/by Williche youth.

The Challenge

To understand how processes of intense damage trigger creative social forces to rebuild broken relationships, damaged ecosystems and obsolete artifacts, through the explicit recognition of collective agency and practices involving groups of people, animal and other materials (Blanco-Wells, 2021).


To understand the role that technology (artifacts, practices and associated knowledge) can play in the processes of co-constructing (with youth) reparative futures for planetary health.

  • To analyze the educational possibilities offered by Williche relationships with time and place to imagine futures that are reparative rather than reproductive of past and present injustices.
  • To understand the ways in which Williche reparative ecologies further inform research with/by/for youth.
  • To support intergenerational Williche connections and dialogue in consideration of Land Back action and activities.


Documentary “El Molino del abuelo Juan” (in Spanish)