Awards for

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 this award and we are proud to announce applications are now being accepted. Applications are due by September 2nd, 2016.

Click here for full details of the 2016 Skills Awards for Aboriginal Youth 

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.

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