Podcast, Environmental Justice

The Climate Imaginary: We Survived the Night — with Julian Brave NoiseCat

December 06, 2022
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On the sixth episode of our Below the Radar series: The Climate Imaginary, Am Johal is joined by journalist and researcher Julian Brave NoiseCat.

Julian’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CBC, and more. They discuss coming of age in a time of several prominent Indigenous movements that combined political and environmental activism, as well as Julian’s work in policy making for projects such as the Green New Deal. Julian also talks about the book he is working on—We Survived the Night—that braids together reportage on Indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada with personal narratives.

About Our Guest

Julian Brave NoiseCat

Julian Brave NoiseCat’s work cuts across the fields of journalism, policy, research, art, activism and advocacy, often engaging multiple disciplines at once.

He is currently an 11th Hour Fellow at New America as well as a Fellow of the Type Media Center. At heart, he is a writer, son, brother, nephew, cousin, godfather, friend and community member.

Julian’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CBC, and more. His journalism has been recognized by the judges of the Livingston Awards as well as the Mirror Awards, Canadian National Magazine Awards and Canadian Digital Publishing Awards, among others. He wrote the foreword to the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada and was invited to consult for the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights' general comment on land rights. He has authored and edited many public policy briefs, memos, reports, polls, scorecards and other works, shaping progressive platforms like the Green New Deal.



Johal, Am. “The Climate Imaginary: We Survived the Night — with Julian Brave NoiseCat.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, December 6, 2022.


As we navigate our future within the ongoing climate emergency, we seek different frameworks to help guide our learning and our actions. In Below the Radar’s The Climate Imaginary series we touch on disinformation, links between the arts and climate activism, and the challenges in making real environmental change. 

To visualize a better future, Below the Radar invites guests from across artistic and academic disciplines to discuss ways of working in solidarity amidst the climate crisis. We feature conversations that range from the unique power of creative works to mobilize people, to the importance of collaboration and interdependence across fields.

The Climate Imaginary and Below the Radar are recorded on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. 



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