Lyle W Daniels is the Building Trades of Alberta’s new community and Indigenous director, a role he will utilize to help young Indigenous people in Alberta begin a rewarding career in the unionized construction trades. Lyle comes from the George Gordon First Nation in Treaty 4 and recently moved to Treaty 6 territory for his new role with BTA. He is the national chair for the National Indigenous Diabetes Association and was recently appointed to co-chair the Equity Working Group with the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum. His focus is always helping people better themselves, with specific emphasis placed on assisting under-represented groups and Indigenous young people discover their positive path forward.
A trained facilitator, Lyle has delivered Indigenous awareness training to many organizations to assist in dispelling myths and misconceptions, but also to prepare workplaces for inclusion. The son of a residential school survivor, Lyle has faced and overcome intergenerational trauma from the loss of culture, traditions, and ceremonies in his life, to now being proud of his Plains Cree heritage.