Sarah Hunt

Sarah Hunt joined FNIS and the Department of Geography in July 2015 as Assistant Professor of Critical Indigenous Geographies. She is Kwagiulth (Kwakwaka’wakw) from Tsaxis, and has spent most of her life as a guest in Lkwungen territories. Sarah’s scholarship in Indigenous and legal geographies critically takes up questions of justice, gender, self-determination, and the spatiality of Indigenous law. Her writing and research emerge within the networks of community relations that have fostered her analysis as a community-based researcher, with a particular focus on issues facing women, girls, and Two-Spirit people.

Dr. Hunt received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Victoria and her Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University.  She was awarded a Governor General’s Gold Medal for her doctoral dissertation, which investigated the relationship between law and violence in ongoing neocolonial relations in BC, asking how violence gains visibility through Indigenous and Canadian socio-legal discourse and action. She continues to build on this work, exploring geographies of resistance and resurgence in the intimate, everyday relations of Indigenous people and communities.

Sarah’s writing has been published in numerous books and scholarly journals, as well as in popular media outlets such as, and Op Eds for the Globe and Mail and CBC Aboriginal. Her most recent publications on Indigenous and decolonial thought include “Everyday Decolonization:living a decolonizing queer politics” (2015, co-authored with Dr. Cindy Holmes, in Journal of Lesbian Studies) and “Ontologies of Indigeneity: the politics of embodying a concept” (2014 in Cultural Geographies).

Dr. Hunt is co-editor of ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies.
Her most recent publications can be found at

FNIS 320 001 (3) Methods Seminar
Responsible and community-based research from a critical Indigenous perspective; methods for identifying and assessing research materials, critical analysis, oral history/qualitative research interviewing and analysis, and research ethics in the design and implementation of community-based student research projects.

~Prerequisite: FNIS 310
Term 2

FNIS 401S 101 (3) Indigenous Geographies: Our Home on Native Land
Indigenous peoples’ identities and worldviews emerge from longstanding relationships to place fostered through active connections to land and water, the supernatural world and non-human kin with shared territorialities. Colonization has involved the imposition of cartographic views of space which facilitated Indigenous de-territorialization, displacement, reservatization, development and urbanization. Yet Indigenous peoples place-based relations and identities persist in these contested spaces, as Indigenous people use their bodies, stories, and cultural practices to destabilize colonial geographies. As such, core geographic concepts of place, space, territory and landscape remain a site of decolonial thought and action. This course focuses on Indigenous peoples, spaces and issues through an examination of the themes of: 1) Indigenous peoples place-based relations, 2) Colonialism and de-territorialization, 3) Re-territorialization, resistance and spatial negotiations of settler colonialism.

Successful completion of this course will provide students with the ability to critically synthesize relevant course concepts to understand the role of space, place, landscape and territory in Indigenous worldviews and colonial processes. Indigenous and decolonial geographic concepts will emerge from a range of culturally-specific historic and contemporary examples, drawing on literature in the fields of Indigenous and critical geography, as well as geographically-focused work in Indigenous arts, activism and scholarship.

~Prerequisites: One of FNSP 200, 210, 220, or FNIS 210, 220, or third-year standing
Term 1

FNIS 533S 101 (3) Indigenous Geographies: Our Home on Native Land – Graduate Seminar
If you are a graduate student who is interested in taking this course, follow our standard graduate registration instructions here:

GEOG 446B 101 (3) Topics in Geography
This seminar examines issues of law, geography and power, including discussion of Indigenous law, spatio-legal dynamics of empire, regulation of mobility, geographies of legal violence, and formations of property, jurisdiction, and territory. If you have any questions about this course, please contact the UBC Geography Department at (604) 822-2663.

~Prerequisite: none
Term 2