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Ella Kim Marriott, Community Engagement Officer

Ella Kim Marriott

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 was founded and operates on Indigenous land within Treaty Six Territory and Métis Region 4 in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (in Nehiyawewin/Cree), so-called Edmonton. The home of many Indigenous Peoples including the Nehiyawak/Cree, Tsuut’ina, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois, Dene Suliné, Anishinaabe/Ojibway/Saulteaux, and the Inuk/Inuit.

We pay our respects to all Indigenous Peoples of this land. Through their spiritual and practical relationships with the land, a rich heritage for our learning and our life as a community has been created and maintained. We recognize that the transition to a low-carbon future must be led by Indigenous Peoples and that there will be no justice unless we acknowledge and repair our relationship with the land.

We are committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and upholding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledge that we are always learning and unlearning practices that minimize harm and lead to the development of trust between us and Indigenous Peoples across Nations and urban centers.