In this week’s episode of Rank and File Radio – Prairies Edition, two guests speak with Emily Leedham about race and gender in Alberta’s oisands, as well as organizing for climate justice.
The first guest is Dr. Angele Alook is proud member of Bigstone Cree Nation and currently works in the labour movement as a full-time researcher for the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. She is also carrying out research with Parkland Institute on Indigenous experiences in Alberta’s oil industry and its gendered impact on working families. She is directing her research toward a just transition of Alberta’s economy and labour force and the impact climate change has on her traditional territory.
The second guest is Farid Iskandar is an organizer with Climate Justice Edmonton. Farid joined the climate justice movement in early 2018. In a previous life, Farid was dedicated volunteer for the Alberta NDP. Farid was born and raised in Egypt, and moved to Edmonton in 2007. Farid was one of the seven activists who rappelled mid air from Vancouver’s Ironworker’ s Memorial Bridge on July 3rd, forming a human drawbridge to block oil tankers from passing, in protest of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. They stayed there for 36 hours before they were arrested.