Skills
Awards for
Aboriginal
Youth

Through the Skills Awards for Aboriginal Youth, the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers are proud to jointly recognize and celebrate selected Aboriginal youth for their skills development and career aspirations in the revitalized forest products industry. These awards are given to two individuals that exemplify the qualities of strong academic standing, commitment to the revitalized forest products industry, and a demonstrated commitment to the Aboriginal community.

2016 marks the fifth year of the Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth which was presented to Gregory Daniels and Christian Francis on November 22 in Ottawa (press release).

Gregory Daniels is a member of the Canim Lake Band in British Columbia and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Forest Ecology and Management at the University of Northern British Columbia with the goal of becoming a Registered Professional Forester.

Christian Francis is a member of the Mi’kmaq from Pictou Landing First Nation in Nova Scotia enrolled as a third year student at Dalhousie University, working towards a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Environmental Science.

L-R: Phil Jennings, Assistant Deputy Minister, NRCan; Gregory Daniels, Canim Lake Band, BC; Christian Francis, Mi’kmaq from Pictou Landing First Nation, Nova Scotia; Don Rusnak, MP Thunder Bay/ Rainy River; Derek Nighbor, CEO, FPAC

November 22nd: The Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth Award recipients at the FPInnovations Opening Doors event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa
(L-R: Phil Jennings, Assistant Deputy Minister, NRCan; Gregory Daniels, Canim Lake Band, BC; Christian Francis, Mi’kmaq from Pictou Landing First Nation, Nova Scotia; Don Rusnak, MP Thunder Bay/ Rainy River; Derek Nighbor, CEO, FPAC)

Previous recipients have been Taylor Wale from Gitxsan First Nation enrolled at the University of British Columbia for Natural Resource Conservation; Patrice Bellefleur, a member of the Innu of Pessamit, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Forest Science at Laval University; Shownoo Blackbird-Williams a member of the Walpole Island First Nation in Ontario enrolled in the First Nations Forestry Technician Program at the Anishinabek Education Institute at Muncey Campus, associated with Fleming College; Shayna Mason, a member of the Gitxaala Nation in Kitkatla, British Columbia, enrolled in the Forestry Program at the University of Alberta; and Baillie Redfern, a member of the Painted Feather Woodland Metis Tribe in Ontario, an M.Sc graduate student studying Genome Science and Technology at the University of British Columbia.

Previous winners:

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012