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Ella Kim Marriott, Community Engagement Officer

Ella Kim Marriott, Community Engagement Officer

BA Honours Sociology, minor in Environment and Society | MSc Candidate in Rural Sociology

Ella is a mixed Euro-Canadian and Korean second generation immigrant, born and raised on the unceded territory of the musqueam, squamish and tsleil-waututh nations, now residing on Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton. Ella grew up with a passion for two things: the environment and social justice. She was grateful to have grown up spending much of her life outdoors in Vancouver, but hardships experienced by the people around her made her aware that there was a lot of injustice in the world. As she got more involved in environmental activism, she noticed a lot of polarization, and oftentimes a lack of diversity within environmental spaces.

For her undergrad and graduate theses, she focused on bringing the voices of energy workers into the energy transition dialogue. After conducting over two dozen interviews, she saw that many of the priorities of workers seemed to be underrepresented in the mainstream, leading her to decide to get involved in community work with Iron and Earth and other organizations like Migrante Alberta. She hopes that through working with Iron and Earth she will be able to help build relationships with local communities and ensure that marginalized voices are represented in the energy transition.


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.