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
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 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)
Instructor: Coulthard, Glen (Term 1-2)
Instructor: Hunt, Sarah (Term 1)
Term 1-2

FNIS 455 101 (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 FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
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: