Cliff is a Tsimshian (Kitselas) and Nuu-chah-nulth (Ahousaht) Assistant Professor who researches and teaches Indigenous governance, community development and political economy at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. He is also the Indigenous Advisor to the Dean of the Faculty of Environment and previously an adjunct faculty member at Royal Roads University teaching Global Perspectives on Indigenous Ways of Knowing (INDS 400/515).  His doctoral research focused on the political economy of the Ahousaht on the west coast of Vancouver Island, in both historical and contemporary contexts. He explored how Indigenous communities navigate/adopt/resist mainstream capitalism while working to sustain their unique cultural identities, practices and worldviews. Cliff is particularly interested in how Indigenous communities and leaders continue to assert agency within the confines of settler colonial politics and economics. His ongoing research will look at Indigenous community development policies and the revival of traditional economic practices as well as the exploration of new practices rooted in traditional Indigenous principles and values.