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Clinton Westman B.A., M.E.S, Ph.D. Department Head and Associate Professor

Office
Archaeology 221

Research Area(s)

  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Western Canada
  • Northern Canada
  • Conservation and Protected Areas
  • Energy Issues
  • Critical Heritage Studies
  • Multi-species Ethnography

About me

Taking Research Off the Shelf
Impacts, Benefits, and Participatory Processes around the Oil Sands Industry in Northern Alberta

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Publications

Books

2021 (in press). C.N. Westman. Cree and Christian: Encounters and Transformations. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.


2020. C.N. Westman, T.L. Joly, and L. Gross (eds). Extracting Home in the Oil Sands: Settler Colonialism and Environmental Change in Subarctic Canada. "Arctic Worlds" Series. New York: Routledge.


Special Issue

2020. S. Poirier and C.N. Westman. Living Together with the Land: Reaching and Honouring Treaties with Indigenous Peoples. Anthropologica 62.2.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 

2020. C.N. Westman, T.L. Joly, H.M. Pospisil, and K. Wheatley. Encountering Moose in a Changing Landscape: Sociality, Intentionality, and Emplaced Relationships. Ethnos. https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2020.1841262

 

2020. S. Poirier and C.N. Westman. Living Together with the Land: Reaching and Honouring Treaties with Indigenous Peoples. Anthropologica 62.2: 236-247. https://www.utpjournals.press/eprint/FAZZIKFZP6BPEGPFY57S/full

2020. L. Siragusa, C.N. Westman, and S.C. Moritz. Shared Breath: Human and Nonhuman Copresence through Ritualized Words and Beyond. Current Anthropology 61.4: 471-494.


2020. J.L. Gerbrandt and C.N. Westman.  When a pipe breaks: Monitoring an emergency spill in the oil sands and documenting its erasure of Indigenous interests in land. The Extractive Industries and Society 7:1301-1308. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2020.07.012


2019. C.N. Westman and T.L. Joly. Oil Sands Extraction in Alberta, Canada: a Review of Impacts and Processes Concerning Indigenous People. Human Ecology 47.2: 233-243.


2019. Aksamit, C.K., J.A. Blakley, J.A.G. Jaeger, B.F. Noble, and C.N. Westman. Sources of Uncertainties in Environmental Assessment: Lessons about Uncertainty Disclosure and Communication from an Oil Sands Extraction Project in Northern Alberta. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 63.2: 317-334.


2018. J.M. Baker and C.N. Westman. Extracting knowledge: Social science, environmental impact assessment, and Indigenous consultation in the oil sands of Alberta, Canada. The Extractive Industries and Society 5.1: 144-153.


2017. C.N. Westman and T.L. Joly. Visions of the Great Mystery: Grounding the Algonquian manitow Concept. Social Compass 64.3: 360-375 


2015. The wihkohtowin: Ritual Feasting among Cree and Métis Peoples in Northern Alberta. Anthropologica 57.2:  299-314. 


2015. C.S. Mantyka-Pringle, C.N. Westman, A.P. Kythreotis, and D.W. Schindler. Honoring Indigenous Treaty Rights in Canada for Climate Justice. Nature Climate Change 5: 798-801.


2014. C.N. Westman & C. Schreyer. Înîhiyawîtwâw ‘They are Speaking Cree’: Cree Language Use and Issues in Northern Alberta, Canada. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 230: 115-140.


2014. On the Accreditation of an Oral History Expert. Native Studies Review 22 (1-2): 171-202. 

 

2013. Social Impact Assessment and the Anthropology of the Future in Canada’s Tar Sands. Human Organization 72.2: 111-120.

 

2013. Cautionary Tales: Making and Breaking Community in the Oil Sands Region. Canadian Journal of Sociology 38.2: 211-232.

 

2013. Pentecostalism and Indigenous Culture in Northern North America. Anthropologica 55: 141-156.

   

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters


2020. C.N. Westman and K. Wheatley. Reclaiming Nature? Watery Transformations and Reclamation Landscapes in the Oil Sands Region. Pp. 160-179 in Extracting Home in the Oil Sands: Settler Colonialism and Environmental Change in Subarctic Canada. Edited by C.N. Westman, T.L. Joly, and L. Gross. New York: Routledge.


2017. Cultural Politics of Land and Animals in Treaty Eight Territory (Northern Alberta, Canada). Pp. 117-139 in Entangled Territorialities: Negotiating Indigenous Lands in Australia and Canada. Edited by S. Poirier and F. Dussart. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

 

2016. Aboriginal Subsistence Practices in an “Isolated” Region of Northern Alberta. Pp. 162-194 in Subsistence Under Capitalism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Edited by D. Bavington, J. Murton, and C. Dokis. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press.

 

2014. Exploitation des sables bitumineux et peuples autochtones en Alberta (Canada): impacts, processus et réponses. Pp. 105-126 in Terres (dés)humanisées: ressources et climat. Edited by C. Bréda et al. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: Académia/ L’Harmattan.


2012. Faith in God’s Temple: Ritual Discourse and Practice in a Cree Pentecostal Congregation. Pp. 355-386 in Dynamiques religieuses des autochtones des Amériques/Religious Dynamics of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. Edited by M.-P. Bousquet and R.R. Crépeau. Paris: Karthala.

 

Technical Report

2017. T.L. Joly and C. N. Westman. Taking Research off the Shelf: Impacts, Benefits, and Participatory Processes around the Oil Sands Industry in Northern Alberta. Unpublished knowledge synthesis report prepared for SSHRC and for research partners (85 pages). 



Selection of Publications (by Year)

  • L. Siragusa, C.N. Westman, S.C. Moritz. "Shared Breath: Human and Nonhuman Copresence through Ritualized Words and Beyond". Current Anthropology 61, 4
  • J.L. Gerbrandt. "When a pipe breaks: Monitoring an emergency spill in the oil sands and documenting its erasure of Indigenous interests in land". The Extractive Industries and Society

Teaching & Supervision

  • Anth 806: Environmental Anthropology
  • Anth 498: Anthropology beyond the Human
  • Anth 329: Environmental Anthropology
  • Anth 321: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol
  • Anth 240: Cultural Landscapes and Environments
  • Anth 202: Anthropological Perspectives on Aboriginal Research in Canada
  • Anth 111: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

I am seeking MA students in Environmental Anthropology. To date, I have supervised students conducting ethnographic field research on energy and politics in northern Canada.

Research

Community-Engaged Research Conservation Environment Ethnography Extractive Industries Heritage Landscapes Human-Animal Relations Indigenous Issues Protected Areas Public Participation Religious Practice

Clint Westman's work among Cree and Métis communities of northern Alberta since 1996 has touched on politics, history, religion, and environment. Westman is the project director for Cultural Politics of Energy in Northern Alberta, an ethnographic, community-based, team research project examining impacts and processes concerning Indigenous people in the oil sands region. He is currently launching a new research program on heritage landscapes in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Research Grants

  • 2020-2025: SSHRC Insight Grant: Cultural Politics of Energy in Northern Alberta
  • 2019: Wallace Stegner Grant for the Arts (Writing Residency), Eastend Arts Council, Eastend SK
  • 2017-2023: Collaborating Member, FQRSC (Québec) Strategic Research Cluster: Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives. Colin Scott, McGill University, Director.
  • 2017-2021: Collaborating Member, FQRSC (Québec) Support to Research Teams Program: Indigenous Stewardship of the Environment and Appropriate Development. Colin Scott, McGill University, Director.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctorant, Ethnologie, Université de Montréal, 2008-9
  • PhD, Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Alberta, 2008
  • MES, Environmental Studies, York University, 2001
  • BA, Humanities, University of Calgary, 1994