Sarah Hunt

Sarah Hunt is an assistant professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Department of Geography. She is Kwagiulth (Kwakwaka’wakw) and 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. In 2014, was awarded a Governor General’s Gold Medal for her doctoral dissertation, which investigated the relationship between law and violence in ongoing settler colonial relations in BC, asking how violence gains visibility through Indigenous and Canadian socio-legal discourse and action. She continues to build on this work, researching 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 research reports and popular media outlets. Her recent publications include “Access to Justice for Indigenous Adult Victims of Sexual Assault” (2017, co-authored with Prof. Patricia Barkaskas for the Department of Justice), “Representing Colonial Violence: trafficking, sex work, and the violence of law” (2016, in Atlantis), “Everyday Decolonization: living a decolonizing queer politics” (2015, co-authored with Dr. Cindy Holmes, in Journal of Lesbian Studies), “Embodying Self-Determination: beyond the gender binary” (2015, in the book Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada: beyond the social) and “Ontologies of Indigeneity: the politics of embodying a concept” (2014, in Cultural Geographies). Her most recent publications can be found at

FNIS 320 001 (3) Critical Indigenous Methodologies and Ethics
This course is designed to provide FNIS majors and minors with training and experience in designing and conducting research on issues of concern to Indigenous people and communities. The course focuses on the theory and practice of community-based research from a critical Indigenous perspective, including methods for collecting and analyzing research materials, oral history/qualitative interviewing and analysis, and research ethics. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Sarah Hunt at

~Prerequisite: FNSP 310 or FNIS 310
Term 2


FNIS 451 101 (3) Indigenous Feminisms
This course will engage contemporary Indigenous feminisms in Native North America through scholarly texts, community activism and artistic production, and personal narratives. This year’s seminar will focus on themes of gender and sexuality, including discussions of body sovereignty, self-determination in representations and expressions of sexuality, sex work, and Indigenous gender roles. While we will be focusing on a diversity of recent scholarship and emergent social and cultural issues, we will also examine the cultural and historical roots of diverse Indigenous feminist movements and fields of study. Credit will be granted for only one of FNIS 401D or FNIS 451. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Sarah Hunt at

~Prerequisite: One of FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Term 1


FNIS 533D 101 (3) Indigenous Feminisms – Graduate Seminar
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GEOG 446B 201 (3) Topics in Geography
Please contact the Geography Department for more information on courses taught by Dr. Hunt in Geography: 604-822-2020