The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is proud to join the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) to open up nominations for two Skills Awards for Aboriginal Youth as part of an effort to encourage more Aboriginal workers to consider careers in the forest sector.

FPAC started handing out an annual skills award to a young Aboriginal person in 2012. In 2015, thanks to a new partnership with the CCFM, two awards were handed out and that will continue this year.

The two awards will honour First Nations, Métis or Inuit individuals with strong academic standing who are committed to their field of study and to a job in the forest sector. The awards, each worth $2,500, are targeted at youth between the ages of 18 and 30 who are enrolled in a post-secondary education program.

“The forest products industry has been working with Aboriginal communities as our neighbours and partners for many years, and we intend to work even more closely in the coming years,” said Derek Nighbor, CEO of FPAC. “I think we all recognize the importance of our sector and our forests to the environment and to our communities.”

“The CCFM is proud to partner once again with FPAC to present the Skills Awards for Aboriginal youth,” said the Honourable Scott Kent, CCFM Chair and Yukon Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources.

Nominations for the annual Skills Awards for Aboriginal Youth will be open until September 2nd. The two awards will be handed out at the Cando National Conference on October 3-5 in Whitehorse.

Information on the criteria and how to apply can be found at: www.fpac.ca/youthaward

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For more information contact:

Simon Tuck

Senior Director, Public Affairs

Forest Products Association of Canada

STuck@fpac.ca 613-563-1441 x313

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