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Anthony Persaud,
Director, Indigenous Home-Lands


Anthony brings to his role as the Director of the Indigenous Home-Lands Initiative 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 t he 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.