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New funding to expand our programs

This week Iron & Earth was pleased to announce $16M in new funding from the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program.

Iron and Earth IconEvery project needs an official title, and the very nature of our new funding umbrella “Resilient Communities Empowering Worker Transitions” speaks to what we will be doing over the coming months.

The funding will address the need for training and upskilling opportunities for fossil fuel industry workers, Indigenous Peoples, and their communities to make their own renewable energy career decisions.

The funding will also help expand our climate solutions programs which provide the physical infrastructure for communities to install small-scale renewable power generation systems. Workers in the community are trained to do the installation and maintenance of the systems so that once the work is complete, the community has not only a more diversified energy footprint, but trained workers as well.

We have been working with Indigenous communities interested in energy planning options for several years now, and the new funding will empower them to move away from dependence on diesel while training Indigenous workers to complete the work in their own community.

Luisa Da Silva is the Executive Director of Iron & Earth. In Part 1 of our conversation with Luisa, freelance broadcaster Don Hill talks with her about how the funding will create energy transition opportunities across Canada that are built around community and individual needs.

(Be sure to listen to Part 2 and learn about Luisa's own career transition from oil & gas to renewable energy.) 

For more information about Iron & Earth’s training opportunities in clean energy contact us at [email protected] or 778-771-0852. If you already have the skills to make a career transition visit our Climate Career Portal where you can search a nation-wide jobs database, enroll in free one-on-one Mentorship, or build your own Climate Career Blueprint



The Renewable Conversations with Iron & Earth podcast is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program.

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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.