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Heather Castleden

University of Victoria
Email: castleden [at] uvic [period/dot] ca

Heather, who is named after the flowering evergreen plant that thrives on the peatty barren lands of Scotland, where her ancestors are from, is a white settler researcher. She is trained as a human geographer, and she does community-based participatory research in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples on their priority issues that fall within her areas of experience: the nexus of cultures, places, power/resistance, and relational ethics using critical qualitative, decolonizing, and Indigenous research methodologies.

Heather Castleden’s Website.


Walker, C., Doucette, M., Rotz, S., Lewis, D., Tait Neufeld, H., Castleden, H. (2021). “Non-Indigenous partner perspectives on Indigenous Peoples’ involvement In renewable energy: Exploring reconciliation as relationships of accountability or status quo innocence? Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management.

Lewis, D., Castleden, H., Apostle, R., Francis, S., Strickland, K. (2020). “Governmental fiduciary failure in Indigenous environmental health justice: The case of Pictou Landing First Nation.” International Journal of Indigenous Health, 15(1).

Castleden, H., Darrach, M., Lin, J. (2020). “The public health emergency of climate change: How/are Canadian postsecondary public health sciences programs responding?” Canadian Journal of Public Health Special Issue: Moving on IPCC 1.5 °C: Exploring promising public health research, policy, and practice responses to environmental crisis in a warming world, 111(6), pp. 836-844.

Hoicka, C., MacArthur, J., Castleden, H., Das. R., Lieu, J. (2020). “Canada’s Green New Deal: Forging the socio-political foundations of climate resilient infrastructure?” Energy and Social Science Research, 65(1).

Sloan Morgan, V., Castleden, H., **Huu-ay-aht First Nations. “‘Our Journey, Our Choice, Our Future’: Self-Government enacted through the Maa-nulth Treaty with British Columbia and Canada.” (Published Online April 22, 2019). Antipode.

Sloan Morgan, V., Castleden, H., **Huu-ay-aht First Nations. (2018). “‘This is Going to Affect Our Lives’: Exploring Huu-ay-aht First Nations, the Government of Canada and British Columbia’s New Relationship Through the Implementation of the Maa-nulth Treaty.” Canadian Journal of Law & Society, 33(3): 309-334.

Stefanelli, S., Walker, C., Kornelsen, K., Lewis, D., Martin, D., Masuda, J., Richmond, C., Root, E., Tait Neufeld, H., Castleden, H. (Accepted July 25, 2018). “Renewable energy and energy autonomy: How Indigenous peoples in Canada are shaping an energy future.” Environmental Reviews. 1-11.

Sylvestre, P., Castleden, H., Martin, D., & McNally, M. (2018).”‘Thank you very much… You can leave our community now!: Geographies of responsibilities, relational ethics, acts of refusal, and the conflicting requirements of academics localities in Indigenous research.” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 17(3): 750-779.

Castleden, H., Hart, C., Harper, S., Martin, D., Cunsolo, A., Stefanelli, R., Day, D., & Lauridsen, K. (2017). “Implementing Indigenous and Western knowledge systems in water research and management (Part 1): A systematic realist review to inform water policy in Canada.” International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8(4).

Castleden, H., Hart, C., Martin, D., Cunsolo, A., Harper, S., Sylvestre, P., Stefanelli, R., Day, D., & Lauridsen, K. (2017). “Implementing Indigenous and Western knowledge systems (Part 2): ‘You have to take a backseat’ and Abandon the Arrogance of Expertise.” International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8(4).

Moore, C., Castleden, H., Martin, D., & Tirone, S. (2017) “Implementing the Tri-Council Policy on ethical research involving Indigenous peoples in Canada: So, how’s that going in Mi’kma’ki?” International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8(2) 1-19. MA

Castleden, H., Daley, K., Sloan Morgan, V., & Sylvestre, P. (2013). “Settlers unsettled: Using field schools and digital stories to transform geographies of ignorance about Indigenous peoples in Canada.” Journal of Geography in Higher Education 37(4), 487-499.

Castleden, H., Garvin, T., & **Huu-ay-aht First Nation. (2008). “Modifying Photovoice for community-based participatory Indigenous research.” Social Science & Medicine 66(6): 1393-1405.