Siku Allooloo

INDIGENOUS RESEARCHER


B.A. (Anthropology & Indigenous Studies), University of Victoria

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I come from multiple peoples and homelands: I am Haitian/Taíno through my mother, Inuit from Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet, NU) through my father, and I am rooted in Tthëbátthı́ through my Dené Sųłine family. I belong to a strong lineage of leaders on all three sides who have raised me to be close to the land, which informs everything I do. I love working with elders, artists, educators, and young people, especially on the land! I am fortunate to have learned from very skilled and knowledgeable mentors, and I am most inspired by the knowledge, power and strength that come through our ancestral and creative practices. My passion is to help channel that into generating the change we desperately need to lead in our communities and the world.

I do this through multiple spheres – from community-led research, to working with elders, educators and youth on the land, to advocacy and the arts. My background is in land-based education; cross-cultural/decolonial training; climate change and food security research; youth development; Indigenous arts; and writing.

My creative non-fiction, poetry and other literary artwork have been featured in Canadian Art, Briarpatch Magazine, The Malahat Review, The Guardian, The New Quarterly, Nuit Blanche Toronto and Surrey Art Gallery Presents, as well as on display as part of HEXSA’AM: To Be Here Always (UBC Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, 2019 & Kamloops Art Gallery, 2019).

I am currently based in the beautiful homelands of the Kwanlin Dün and Ta'an Kwäch'än nations, in Whitehorse YT.