Sarah Hunt

Sarah Hunt / Tłaliłila’ogwa is an assistant professor in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the Department of Geography. She is Kwagu’ł(Kwakwaka’wakw Nation) but spent most of her life as a guest in Lkwungen territories. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Sarah’s research is concerned with questions of justice, violence, gender and self-determination, as well as Indigenous methodologies, land/water-based praxis and the creation of Indigenous and decolonial knowledge. Having worked for over a decade as a community-based researcher prior to entering the academy, her writing and research emerge within the networks of community relations that have fostered her analysis, particularly her collaborations with Indigenous youth, women, Two-Spirit and queer 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. She 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. Her current SSHRC-funded research Reawakening Networks of Justice in Everyday Expressions of Indigenous Law: Decolonial Approaches of Coastal Women generates knowledge of justice via the collectively enacted cultural practices of coastal nations.

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: “Unsettling Decolonizing Geography” (2018, co-authored with Sarah de Leeuw in Geography Compass), “Researching Within Relations of Violence: Witnessing as research methodology” (2018 in Indigenous Research: Theories, Practices and Relationships), “Honoring Elsie: Was she just a dream?” (2018, co-authored with Ann-Marie Livingston in Keetsahnak: Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters),and “Access to Justice for Indigenous Adult Victims of Sexual Assault” (2017, co-authored with Prof. Patricia Barkaskas for the Department of Justice). Her 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 400 002/003 (6) Practicum/Advanced Research Seminar
The purpose of the research practicum is to give students the opportunity to work on research projects in community settings that address community needs. Community organizations identify areas of need and students will work with an organization to develop projects that address these needs. In conjunction with the work students do for their organization, they will develop a second academic research project, described below, for FNIS, and will also make a public presentation of their work on campus.

~Prerequisite: FNSP 310 and 320, or FNIS 310 and 320 (Students must pass FNSP 320 or FNIS 320 with a B- or higher or request Program approval)
Term 1-2

GEOG 446A 101 (3) Topics in Geography
Please contact the Geography Department for more information on courses taught by Dr. Hunt in Geography: 604-822-2020