Professor Angele Alook will be discussing her film, Pikopaywin: It is broken, which documents Bigstone Cree Nation members' experiences of resource-extraction projects and activity within the First Nation's traditional territory.
The film explores the challenges these projects present, and the official and unofficial collective actions that have been organized to respond to the industrial use of Bigstone lands. After showing a clip, Professor Alook will lead a discussion about doing research with traditional knowledge keepers, exploring how engaging with Indigenous caring economies is essential in a just transition.
Angele Alook is an assistant professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at York University. She completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology at York focusing her dissertation on Indigenous cultural identities and racialized gendered life scripts.
As a member of Bigstone Cree Nation in Treaty 8, her research has mainly focused on the political economy of oil and gas in Alberta. She specializes in Indigenous feminisms, life course approaches, Indigenous research methodologies, cultural identity, and the sociology of family and work.