Thursday, June 3, 2021
With financial support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Aid for Interdisciplinary Sessions Fund.
For the past three years, Dr. Angele Alook has been working with a team of storytellers at Just Powers to film and interview traditional land users, environmental activists, and elders to begin telling the story of land-based culture and inequitable land rights in Treaty 8 territory. The documentary is entitled Pikopayiw – It is broken, which came from elders repeatedly making the statement in Cree that the Earth was “broken” due to the resource extraction industry. In the film, elders and traditional land users discuss their hopes for the future of the land, future relationships with the land, and the future of energy in Alberta. During this interdisciplinary session we will play the film (35 minutes), and then hold a moderated discussion with the Producer Dr. Alook, Chaired by Dr. Sheena Wilson (who has also been involved in the project).
- Angele Alook, Assistant Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, York University
- Sheena Wilson, Professor of Media, Communications, and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta