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Jordan Koe, Director

Jordan KoeJordan Koe is a Tetlit Gwich'in Dinjii from Treaty 11 Territory who works as the Manager of Housing for Tsawout First Nation in Victoria. Jordan is passionate about sustainable housing, the renewable energy future, poverty reduction, harm reduction, and reconciliation. Jordan is in his final year of his Masters of Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan and is a part of the Community Appropriate Sustainable Energy Security (CASES) partnership. Jordan's role in CASES is to research the impact of energy insecurity has on northern indigenous communities focusing on the effect energy sovereignty will have on cultural capacity, poverty reduction, and reconciliation. Jordan also is a radio host of Land Back Radio on the University of Victoria's campus radio station CFUV 101.9 FM, celebrating Indigenous punk, metal, and experimental music from wherever indigenous people are making music. When not working or studying, Jordan is also a Podcaster, Musician, and Multimedia Artist.

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.