Apply to attend the Community Wind Skills Programs hosted by Iron & Earth in partnership with Maskwacis Cultural College!

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Iron & Earth worked with Desmond Bull from the Louis Bull Tribe to develop two community-based rapid upskilling programs for fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers: a 10-day solar program and a 10-day wind energy program. These programs include five days of in-class work and five days of hands-on training, which involves the installation of a small solar and wind energy system. The programs are now finished, and we are ready to deliver the Community Solar Skills and Community Wind Skills Programs in partnership with Maskwacis Cultural College!

We are currently accepting applications from fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers based in Maskwacis and the surrounding area with an interest in learning the skills needed to participate in wind energy system project design, installation and maintenance.

Thanks to the generous contributions of a number of funders, the Community Wind Skills Program will be available at no cost to the participants.

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TRAINING PROGRAM DETAILS

The wind energy project to be installed at Maskwacis Cultural College during the Community Wind Skills Program will provide a clean energy supply to MCC while minimizing impact on the surrounding land and environment. We wish to honour those that have stewarded the land since time immemorial and extend our sincere thanks to the Four Nations of Maskwacis for welcoming the Community Wind Skills Program to be hosted on their lands. We acknowledge that the location of the training programs is situated on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Dene, Blackfoot, Saulteaux and Nakota Sioux and on the homelands of the Métis Nation Region II.

Iron & Earth is committed to allying with Indigenous workers to build and implement climate solutions, including the projects at MCC and future projects.

Please apply by August 8, 2022, to participate in our 10-day Community Wind Skills Program. The Community Wind Skills Program will include 10 days of training sessions held Monday to Friday from August 15 - 26 between 9 am - 3 pm MT. The first week of the program will include in-class learning at MCC. The second week of the program will involve the installation of a 2 kW micro wind turbine at MCC, providing participants with hands-on wind energy project installation experience.

The Community Wind Skills Program provide context on wind energy generation project and the importance of incorporating Indigenous traditional knowledge and practices throughout the project life cycle. To deepen participant understanding of these important contributions, the in-class portion of the program will include cross-cultural learning guided by a local Elder and education regarding reconciliation, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Indigenous perspectives on renewable energy.

The knowledge and experience provided by the Programs will empower program participants to find meaningful work along related career pathways.

Please note that the program delivery structure and location information is subject to change to ensure participant safety and wellness and in adherence to Alberta Health Services public health measures, restrictions and guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

TRAINEE PREREQUISITES

Participants in the Community Wind Skills Program must:

  • Have completed Grade 10 (minimum)
  • Have experience in the fossil fuel industry

Or:

  • Be a member of an Indigenous community

Participants in the Community Wind Skills Program should:

  • Have experience in construction and/or general labour (including farm labour)

FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAINEES

The knowledge and experience provided by Community Wind Skills Program will empower program participants to contribute to the development of clean energy generation projects and find meaningful work along related career pathways.

At the end of the Community Wind Skills Program, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the traditional cultural practices of the host community
  • Represent a wind electricity project lifecycle
  • Explain how electricity can be generated by wind power
  • Have the knowledge and experience necessary to pursue work as an employee on a large-scale wind energy project
  • Practice safe work routines appropriate to the task and environment
  • Provide context for wind power technicians working in a specific community
  • Represent and share the environmental benefits of wind-generated electricity
  • Identify pathways into renewable-based careers and training opportunities that interest them

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A UNIQUE MODEL

Unique elements of our 10-Day Community Wind Skills Programs include:

  1. Designed for and focused delivery for fossil fuel industry workers and Indigenous community members
  2. Iron & Earth’s unique ‘Five and Five’ model: Five days of in-class, followed by five days of hands-on experience - installing a working renewable energy system
  3. Indigenous ways of knowing reflected in the course structure and content
  4. Connection to a career mentorship program for program graduates

Check out more program details here!

APPLY HERE

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