For years we have been looking underground to find our energy sources. In 2023 it is time to look up. Time to look at solar and wind energy. It is also time to look at how communities can bring the renewable economy into their own backyards and how individuals can be part of that effort.
Desmond Bull, a councillor with the Louis Bull Tribe, says, "As First Nations and Canadian citizens, we need to take care of each other, take care of the land and take care of future generations."
We are Iron and Earth East, the Atlantic Canadian chapter of an oil sands worker led group pushing for investments in green energy and re-training in renewables.
Iron and Earth East's Delia Warren is interviewed by CBC's The Broadcast about our turbulent petroleum romance in Canada.
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.