Jenna Williamson , Environmental Admin. Assist.

Jenna WilliamsonStudent at Conestoga College

My name is Jenna Williamson and I grew up on Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world. Having lived in an abundance of nature, it has been important for me to support any and all efforts to retain biodiversity, nourish the land, water, air, ecosystems, and to reduce our destructive impact on the environment.

In my teenage years, I worked at the Up Top Sports Shop in Mindemoya, Ontario - established by my family in 1921. I then studied at the University of Guelph to improve my writing skills before transferring to Conestoga College for Bookkeeping. Over the years of working with businesses and in communication-focused roles, I found my passion in administrative work, caring for people and ecosystems, and humanitarian-focused organizations in their mission to improve society.

Together with Iron & Earth, I am seeking to take inspiration from Manitoulin Island and assist its members to achieve a healthier society that nourishes people and ecosystems. I strive towards fostering a kinder and more considerate society for all people and beings.

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.