Sarah Hunt / Tłaliłila’ogwa

Sarah Hunt  / Tłaliłila’ogwa
Assistant Professor & Canada Research Chair, Indigenous Political Ecology
Environmental Studies
Office: DTB A133

PhD (Geography) 2014, Simon Fraser University

Area of expertise

Indigenous political ecologies and Indigenous and decolonial methodologies.

Sarah’s research and teaching are in Indigenous political ecologies and Indigenous and decolonial methodologies. Indigenous scholars, activists and communities have advanced a deep interrelation between the governance of Indigenous lands and bodies, calling for research into questions of justice that pushes beyond colonial framings to account for these interconnected scales of life. Building on her previous work on justice, violence, gender and self-determination, Sarah’s current research focuses on Indigenous peoples’ understandings of justice across the nested scales of lands/waters, homes and bodies via engagement of coastal peoples’ embodied knowledge and land-based cultural practice.

Sarah is Kwagu’ł (Kwakwaka’wakw Nation) and has spent most of her life as a guest in Lkwungen territories. Prior to coming to UVic she was an Assistant Professor at UBC in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and Department of Geography.

Sarah’s writing has been published in a number of scholarly journals – such as Geography Compass, Atlantis, and Cultural Geographies - as well as in research reports and popular media outlets. Her writing and collaborations have been included in anthologies such as Indigenous Research: Theories, Practices and Relationships, Keetsahnak: Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters, Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada , and The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement. Sarah is currently completing a book manuscript under contract with the University of Minnesota Press and is an editor with the journal ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.

In 2014, Sarah was awarded a Governor General’s Gold Medal for her doctoral dissertation and was the 2017 recipient of the Glenda Laws Award for Social Justice from the American Association of Geographers in recognition of her social justice contributions.