Angele Alook

Assistant Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, York University

Angele Alook is a proud member of Bigstone Cree Nation and is a speaker of the Cree language. She successfully defended her PhD in Sociology from York University and is now an Assistant Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University. Her dissertation is entitled “Indigenous Life Courses: Racialized Gendered Life Scripts and Cultural Identities of Resistance and Resilience.” She specializes in Indigenous feminism, life course approach, Indigenous research methodologies, cultural identity, and sociology of family and work. Dr. Alook currently works in the labour movement as a full-time researcher for the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. She is also a co-investigator on the SSHRC-funded Corporate Mapping Project, where she is carrying out research with Parkland Institute on Indigenous experiences in Alberta’s oil industry and its gendered impact on working families. She is also a member of the Just Powers research team, a SSHRC-funded Insight Grant. Through the Just Powers project Dr. Alook has been able to produce a documentary called Pikopayin: It is broken, which features stories on the land with Indigenous traditional land users, environmental officers, and elders. She is directing her research toward a just transition of Alberta’s economy and labour force, and the impact climate change has on traditional Treaty 8 territory.