Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) are proud to open applications for the sixth annual Skills Awards for Aboriginal Youth program.

Since 2012, the Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth has been recognizing exceptional Aboriginal youth who go above and beyond to support their communities and contribute to the forest sector. In 2015, FPAC partnered with CCFM to expand the program and offer two awards.

The two awards, each worth $2500, will honour First Nations, Métis or Inuit individuals with strong academic standing who are committed to their field of study and to pursuing a career in the forest sector.

“Aboriginal governments, communities, businesses and individuals play a huge role in the success of the forest sector” says Derek Nighbor, CEO, FPAC. “We must encourage youth to continue fostering relationships between communities and industry for the benefit of Canada’s forests for generations to come.”

“The participation of Indigenous youth in the forest industry is paramount to its continued success” says the Honourable James Carr, Minister of Natural Resources. “I encourage all Indigenous youth with a passion and commitment to forestry to apply and participate in the forest industry’s continued development. Together, I know that we can achieve great things.”

Nominations for the annual Skills Awards for Aboriginal Youth will be open until October 31, 2017. The two awards will be presented at the Conference Board’s National Summit on Indigenous Youth and Natural Resource Development on November 21-22 in Calgary.

Information on how to apply is available at .


FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. The $67-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 2% of Canada’s GDP and operates in over 600 communities, providing 230,000 direct jobs across the country.

For more information contact:

Richard Walker
Senior Director, Public Affairs and Communications
Forest Products Association of Canada
613-563-1441 x 314
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