District Engineering Intern, Union Gas
Azhiinikwe Newatchegiizhik (Angel Woman Light Coming Over the Clouds), otherwise known as Kaella-Marie Earle is an Ojibwe/Odawa/Potawatomi Anishnaabekwe from Wiikwemkoong Anishnabek.
Since she was small she wanted to be a scientist and engineer. Her dad inspired her throughout her childhood by bringing her to tour industrial factories and electrical power generation plants.
She studied chemical engineering technology in college. There she completed an engineering internship in Northern China where she studied extractive metallurgy of copper ores at Shenyang Research Institute for Nonferrous Metals. She graduated a Cambrian Scholar and transferred to Laurentian University Bharti School of Engineering to study chemical engineering with interests in industrial processing, mining and environmental management.
In her spare time she tries to change the narrative on Indigenous people in Canada by running cultural revitalization and allyship camps in the summer (she is the director of Maamiwi Gibeshiwin Indigenous Cultural Training Camp), as well as conference discussions on Indigenous students and their unique strengths and challenges for organizations such as the Canadian Federation of Students. She likes to rant about Indigenous human rights, participation and operations in mining to bigwigs in the mining world at professional mining conferences like the Canadian Aboriginal Mining Association, where she was a panelist on balancing Indigenous environmental philosophies with the necessity of mining.
She now works as a district engineering intern with a team of amazing people in the Construction and Growth North-Eastern division for Union Gas. She ran the first National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations for the district and continues to help the company with Indigenous cultural competency through UG’s Indigenous Champions program.
She wants to inject her cultural values into industrial process operations and mining to build stronger, equitable and respectful relationships between Indigenous people and mining/natural resource companies. She believes the key to reconciliation can be found in these relationships and has high hopes for the future.
In Canada, and more specifically in Northern Ontario, we are living in an era of aging demographics, which will present numerous challenges and opportunities for our labour force in the years to come. What does the long-term labour market look like for our youth? How do we align expectations and education to meet the challenges […]