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 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