Aboriginal Connection


The Forest Products Association of Canada is proud to be in partnership with the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business (CCAB). CCAB works to foster sustainable business relations between First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and Canadian Business.

FPAC and CCAB are jointly awarding the Aboriginal Business Leadership Award. To nominate a business download the nomination form.

About 80% of Aboriginal people live in or near forested areas. The forest products industry is one of the largest employers of Aboriginal people in Canada. The sector also works with more than 1,400 Aboriginal firms. Working closely with Aboriginal communities will help to ensure that those communities, our industry and the Canadian economy thrive. Through existing and expanding relationships with Aboriginal peoples and communities, the industry aims to attract more Aboriginal workers, contractors and suppliers to the sector. As part of the Vision2020 goals, the industry is working towards finding tangible ways to do so.

Business Leadership Award

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FPAC and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) announced that nominations are open for this year’s Aboriginal Business Leadership Award. The $5,000 award recognizes and celebrates First Nations entrepreneurs for their success in a forest products business that exemplifies business leadership, exceptional environmental and safety performance and the delivery of high-quality products and services. The recipient must also demonstrate a strong, long-term commitment to the Indigenous community, particularly in supporting Indigenous employment.

This is the fifth time that the award will be handed. Previous recipients have been Grace Esquega, the President of Niigaani Enterprises in Gull Bay, Ontario; Percy Guichon, the Chief of the Alexis Creek Indian Band; Tsi Del Del Enterprises of Chilanko Forks BC and Al Humphrys, the general manager of Duz Cho logging, owned by the McLeod Lake Indian Band.  The award nominees are judged against six criteria: business leadership, longevity, employment of Aboriginal peoples, safety and environmental performance, consistency of goods and services provided and commitment to the Aboriginal community.

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