Julian Brave NoiseCat is a writer, filmmaker and aspiring oral historian. He is currently writing his first book, We Survived the Night.
Alongside Emily Kassie, he is concurrently co-directing his first documentary, SUGARCANE, which follows the search for unmarked graves at the Indian residential school NoiseCat’s family was sent to in Williams Lake, British Columbia. A columnist for Canada’s National Observer, NoiseCat’s journalism has appeared in dozens of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Yorker and has been recognized with many awards including the 2022 American Mosaic Journalism Prize. In 2021, NoiseCat was named to the TIME100 Next list of emerging leaders. Before turning full-time to writing and filmmaking, NoiseCat was a political strategist, policy analyst and cultural organizer. As the former Vice President of Policy & Strategy for Data for Progress, a think tank, he built a team that shaped ideas core to the future of the Democratic Party, like the Green New Deal.
We invited Julian to the Bealer property to introduce him to the issues and context of the Tongass National Forest, as well as connect him with local Indigenous leaders and the Sustainable Southeast Partnership to inform policy engagement strategies with the Biden administration.