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Anthony Persaud,
Senior Advisor, Indigenous Homelands


Anthony, the former Director of the Indigenous Homelands team, brings to his role as Senior Advisor an extensive background in community-driven research, with a focus on supporting Indigenous communities in British Columbia, Canada, and internationally in advancing their self-determined economic futures. He offers comprehensive and integrated support and advice to Indigenous groups and governments related to culturally and ecologically appropriate economic strategies, institutional development, and territorial self-governance.

He has spent the last six years supporting First Nations communities in British Columbia in developing systems-based approaches to housing and community well-being, value-added forestry enterprises, and land governance and knowledge systems in support of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) processes. He also has extensive international experience in natural resource management and policy development of the extractives sector with a focus on artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM), informal and customary natural resource and community governance structures, and community economic development.

Anthony holds a PhD in Resources, Environment and Sustainability from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters in Economic and Human Geography from the University of Victoria. He approaches all of his work utilizing decolonizing, community-based participatory methods and is fluent in English, Spanish, and French with more than 12 years of rural and remote field experience in Canada, Latin America and West Africa.