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Roberta Giroux, Net-Zero Pathways Instructor

Roberta GirouxJourneyperson Electrician

Roberta Giroux is a proud member of the Metis Nation of Alberta and currently represents Trade Winds to Success as the Apprenticeship Retention Coordinator as well as an Electrical Instructor building eco-friendly homes for the Residential Construction Program. Roberta has been in the Electrical Industry for the past 16 years in the commercial, residential, industrial, and solar sectors. As an Apprenticeship Retention Coordinator, she refers students to job opportunities in their desired trade. She also establishes Employer Relations/partnerships in industry to employ well trained candidates that come out of the Pre-apprenticeship program at Trade Winds to Success. As an electrical instructor, she trains students in building energy efficient homes aimed at Net-Zero standards.

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.