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Iron and Earth Statement on Federal Sustainable Jobs Plan

The Sustainable Jobs Plan released today by the Federal Government goes a long way to realise the goals Iron & Earth has been advocating for since our inception. Continue reading

The Sweet Smell of a Successful Transition

From oilfield worker to soap maker. “You just gotta find what you’re passionate about. Find the thing that you love, because if you do something you love, does it really matter what industry?” Continue reading

Personalizing the conversations around climate change and energy transition

Small group sessions that started in Hinton, will be in Edmonton to amplify the voices of working people whose livelihoods are most impacted Continue reading

From Rust to Green

Two projects to give abandoned well sites a green new life have been completed.  Everyone here at Iron & Earth is excited to see how we can support communities to act locally to solve a problem found across Alberta.  Continue reading

Leading Voices from the Energy Industry: Closer to home than you think

Our Community Sustainability Manager’s experience leading her hometown in important discussions about a transitioning economy. Continue reading

Why You Need a Mentor

Time and time again as we interview successful workers that have achieved their short and long term career goals, we hear the same thing over and over: Mentors played a key role in their journey. Mentors are experienced advisors that provide guidance and support. They can be fantastic sources of representation in the workforce, share their stories and experiences, give helpful advice, and help you overcome barriers and doubts. Continue reading

NATIONAL DAY OF TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

On Truth and Reconciliation Day, we join together to honour survivors, their families and communities and mourn all the stolen children lost to the repressive residential school system. We also join our voices to those claiming for the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights and the 94 Calls to Action proposed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Our organization is committed to the following... Always attaining free, prior, and informed consent when working with Indigenous Peoples Our team is trained in accordance to the Call to Action number 92.iii with skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution and human rights. Our team will make the cultural safety and anti-racist training a yearly event. We are developing our internal policies and procedures and hiring practices with a decolonial and anti-racist lens. We are committed to continually learning and unlearning practices that minimize harm and develop trust between our workers and the community. If you are interested in knowing more about this topic, please visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. In solidarity, The Iron & Earth Team Continue reading

Understanding the Project Lifecycle

Ever wonder how and when positions open up in the renewable energy sector? This blog post summarizes how most renewable energy projects are structured, and when career opportunities become available for different sectors.  Continue reading

Meet our Innovation & STEM Manager - Jodie Hon

Hello everyone! My name is Jodie Hon and I am the Innovation & STEM Manager with Iron & Earth. My main focus is the Climate Career Portal - our new online platform created to help fossil fuel workers and Indigeneous workers transition to jobs in the net-zero economy. Having gone through my own career transition from oil & gas to renewable energy, I feel strongly about supporting and encouraging others to make the same career change.  Continue reading

Our first Community Conversation is a Success!

By Jazmine Larocque, Community Sustainability Manager Jump starting conversations regarding energy transitions can be tricky, but for the community of Hinton Alberta, which was the first of potentially many, it was a great success! A small group of individuals from many backgrounds came to participate in the initial community event where topics of income security, transition and climate change were tackled. Participants challenged each other with different points of view but were also pleasantly surprised about the accepting atmosphere throughout the event. Continue reading

Iron & Earth is committed to partnering with Indigenous workers to empower their communities to become self-sufficient in training programs, clean energy transition projects, and employment opportunities to combat environmental racism. It falls to all of us to continue the work of healing and reconciliation in our communities and our organizations. Our relationship with the land and the people who live here shapes who we are. It is in the spirit of reconciliation and honouring the past that we recognize treaties and agreements wherever they are and wherever we work.

We also acknowledge all peoples who live, work, and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.
As individuals and teams we may make mistakes along the way, but we are dedicated to growth, openness, compassion, and forgiveness. These principles in our work are essential to building successful and healthy relationships with individuals, communities, organizations, and governments.

We look forward to building a path to lead us to a better relationship with Indigenous nations and the environment around us based on peace, friendship, and respect.