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Episode 203: Supporting Indigenous Self-Determination Through Research — with Cliff Atleo

February 28, 2023
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This week our host Am Johal is joined by Cliff Atleo, a scholar and professor in SFU’s School of Resource & Environmental Management.

Am and Cliff discuss prioritising Indigenous communities' wants in environmental and economic movements, Cliff’s past work with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, and Iron Dog Books. Together they consider how to navigate institutional and governmental bureaucracy in matters of Indigenous governances, resource management, and research.

About Our Guest

Cliff Atleo

Cliff Gordon Atleo (he/him) is a Tsimshian (Kitsumkalum/Kitselas) and Nuu-chah-nulth (Ahousaht) assistant professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University.

He is interested in how Indigenous communities navigate/adopt/resist neoliberal capitalism while working to sustain their unique cultural identities, worldviews, and ways of living. Cliff is particularly interested in how Indigenous leaders continue to assert agency within the confines of settler colonial politics and economics and work tirelessly to lead their communities in more sustainable directions. He has recently published on Indigenous water and land relations, Indigenous community responses to the Trans Mountain pipeline and is working on several exciting research projects on cleaner marine transport and Indigenous community responses to crises such as COVID-19 and climate change.

Cite This Episode

Chicago Style

Johal, Am. “Supporting Indigenous Self-Determination Through Research — with Cliff Atleo.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, February 28, 2023.


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