Bigstone: A Vision for the Future

The video project Bigstone: Vision for the Future is a collaboration between Bigstone Cree Nation, iDoc, and Feminist Energy Futures. Bigstone Cree Nation has collaborating members from the Indigenous Lands, Wildlife, and Environment Office, represented by Cindy Noskiye and Troy Stuart. This video project also includes leadership from Dr. Angele Alook, Bigstone band member and Indigenous researcher at Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE). This project involves participation, collaboration, interviews, and input from Bigstone Cree Nation elders, traditional knowledge holders, land users, and community leaders. 

The objectives of this research include:

  1. Reporting on the perspective of Bigstone Cree Nation members on resource-extraction projects and activity within the First Nation’s traditional territory, the challenges these projects present, and official and unofficial collective actions that respond to industrial use of Bigstone lands.
  2. Foregrounding the perspective of Bigstone Cree Nation members on what it means to live in relationship to the land and to capture on film traditional land uses such as hunting, harvesting, and cultural practices.
  3. Providing insights into Bigstone Cree Nation members’ visions of the future, given that members of this Nation will remain on these territories well after these mining projects are completed.
  4. Putting Bigstone Cree Nation members’ visions for the future in dialogue with those documented by the iDoc research project on Future Energy Systems and other change-makers invested in Alberta’s energy future.
  5. Putting Bigstone Cree Nation members’ perspectives on energy, the energy industry, and energy transition in dialogue with those documented by iDoc and Feminist Energy Futures researchers.
  6. Developing ongoing relationships between the Bigstone Cree Nation community and researchers on iDoc and Feminist Energy Futures.
  7. Analysing how energy transitions influence Indigenous communities and how those communities might influence trends and guiding attitudes in decisions around Alberta’s energy transition and our energy future. 

For more information on this project, please contact Cindy Noskiye (ilwea.envofficer@bigstone.ca) at the Bigstone Land Office and/or the Just Powers iDoc team via Sheena Wilson (sheena.wilson@ualberta.ca). 


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