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Sarah Hunt / Tłaliłila’ogwa

Sarah Hunt - Environmental Studies

Associate professor & Canada Research Chair, Indigenous political ecology

Environmental Studies

On leave July 2024 - June 2025
Office: DTB A133 250-472-5828
PhD (SFU, Geography, 2014)
Area of expertise:
Indigenous feminisms, legal geographies, Indigenous geographies, Indigenous justice and law, coastal peoples, decolonial methodologies, community-based research.

Office Hours

By appointment only


  • gendered nature of governance for Indigenous people
  • coastal justice
  • Indigenous political ecologies across the scales of the intimate (body) and relational (land/water)

About Sarah Hunt / Tłaliłila’ogwa

Sarah Hunt / Tłaliłila’ogwa is a Two-Spirit queer (2SQ) scholar-activist who has spent more than two decades engaged in research by, with and for Indigenous people and communities, with a focus on the relationship between more intimate or embodied scales of Indigenous life and the governance of lands, waters, and relationships across the natural and supernatural worlds. Having joined UVic in 2020 as Canada Research Chair in Indigenous political ecology, Sarah’s research seeks to redefine justice and foster expressions of self-determination through land-based and cultural practices which center gender diverse people, women and youth. Through the Coastal Justice Collective, Sarah works collaboratively with students, community members, and other colleagues in addressing intersecting questions of power, wellbeing, and knowledge sovereignty.

Dr. Hunt / Tłaliłila’ogwa is Kwakwaka’wakw, from the Kwagu’ł and Dzawada’enuxw Nations, and is also of Ukrainian and English settler ancestry. Sarah's scholarship has a particular focus on coastal worldviews and ways of knowing, woven through both theory and praxis.

Tłaliłila’ogwa is an editor with the journal EPC: Politics and Space and board member of the Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism. Sarah is the recipient of the UVic President's Distinguished Alumni Award (2022), AAG Glenda Laws Award For Social Justice (2017) and Governor General's Gold Medal (2014).

Accepting Grad Students?

Yes.  I will be accepting new graduate students with a start date of September 2025 with an explicit focus on the gendered nature of justice for Indigenous people and communities, particularly coastal First Nations.


Find more publications on Sarah Hunt's Google Scholar profile.