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There is an amazing cast of characters that Rural Routes to Climate Solutions relies on to do the work that the organization does. Get to know two of them in this bonus podcast episode.
Diandra Bruised Head is our project coordinator for Kainai First Nation (also known as Blood Tribe). She goes by DJ as well and she is currently producing learning modules about climate change to be used in Kainai and the rest of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) Confederacy. She is a member of the Kainai Ecosystem Protection Association (KEPA), a volunteer-based organization from her reserve for concerned members regarding environment issues. She follows the Blackfoot ways of her ancestors and understands that being Blackfoot cannot be separated from being on traditional Blackfoot territory. She lives in Standoff.
Marie Golonka is our project coordinator for northern Alberta. She organizes and runs workshops, farm field days and webinars and she is working with a community group in her hometown of Athabasca to develop a community renewable energy project. Marie lives on a 10-acre homestead surrounded by the Boreal Forest near Jackfish Lake with her husband and her son. They are currently living in and restoring the original homestead log cabin on the property and are in the process of converting it to a fully off-grid accommodation.
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