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Clinton Westman B.A., M.E.S, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Head

Department Head of Archaeology & Anthropology
Faculty Member in Archaeology & Anthropology

Office
Archaeology 221

Research Area(s)

  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Western Canada
  • Northern Canada
  • Conservation and Protected Areas
  • Extractive Industry
  • 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

2022. C.N. Westman. Cree and Christian: Encounters and Transformations. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496211842/


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. https://www.routledge.com/Extracting-Home-in-the-Oil-Sands-Settler-Colonialism-and-Environmental/Westman-Joly-Gross/p/book/9781032083063


Special Issue/Thematic Section

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


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals 

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.



Chapters in Books

2020. Social Impact Assessment and the Anthropology of the Future in Canada's Tar Sands. Pp. 241-255 in B. Miller, ed. Sociocultural Anthropology: Critical and Primary Sources. New York: Routledge. 


2020. Westman, C.N.,*T.L. Joly, and L. Gross. Introduction: At Home in the Oil Sands. Pp. 1-22 in C.N. Westman, T.L. Joly, and L. Gross, eds. Extracting Home in The Oil Sands: Settler Colonialism and Environmental Change in Subarctic Canada. New York: Routledge.

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


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


2018. Homesteading in Northern Alberta during the Great Depression: A Life History Approach. Pp. 187-212 in G.P. Marchildon, ed. Drought and Depression. History of the Prairie West, Volume Six. Regina: University of Regina Press. 

 

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

 

 

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). 



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: Principal Investigator, SSHRC Insight Grant: Cultural Politics of Energy in Northern Alberta
  • 2017-2023: Collaborating Member, FQRSC (Québec) Strategic Research Cluster: Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives. 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