Indigenous Voices

Amy Rose – Saulteaux-Ojibway, Cote First Nation

Amy helps Canfor build positive relationships with Indigenous communities. Canfor is one of the world’s largest producers of sustainable lumber, pulp, and paper. Its operations overlap significantly with traditional Indigenous territories. As an SFI-certified company, Canfor recognizes and respects the rights of Indigenous Peoples within its sustainable forest management practices.

Canfor is an SFI-certified organization and a PLT Canada Green Jobs employer.

AMY’S LOVE OF NATURE COMES FROM…

“My family is from the Cote First Nation in Saskatchewan. It’s about 270 kilometres northeast of Regina. My mother and father inspired me to love the outdoors. We were always active: camping, hiking, and exploring. My mother also helped show me how we are tied to nature. We would forage for medicinal herbs together. My mother taught me that all things in nature have the power to heal you.”

AMY CHOSE A CAREER IN INDIGENOUS RELATIONS BECAUSE…

“Working for a renewable natural resource company aligns with my Indigenous values. I’m passionate about working with Indigenous communities. I want to help increase their role in the forest economy.”

TO AMY, BEING INDIGENOUS IN A GREEN JOB  MEANS…

“Indigenous Peoples have always had rights and title to the land. It’s important to acknowledge that, as many forestry operations are in the same remote places as Indigenous communities. There is a huge opportunity for industry and Indigenous communities to work together. We can enhance our relationships. But there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to working with Indigenous Peoples. They all have different needs. We need to understand those needs and inspire Indigenous people to join our sector. Spending time in communities is key.” 

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Clifford Paul – Mi’kmaq, Unama’ki

Clifford Paul is Mi’kmaq from Unama’ki. As the Moose Management Coordinator for the Unama’ki Institue of Natural Resources, he is engaging the Mi’kmaq, provincial, and federal governments to drafting a comprehensive moose management plan, a first of its kind in the region. The Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources is a PLT Canada…

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Dean Assinewe, RPF – Sagamok Anishawbek

Dean works with the forest and wood products industry, as well as Indigenous communities, in pursuing forest management and manufacturing opportunities. He is also a mentor with PLT Canada’s #MyGreenMentor program. FPInnovations is a private not-for-profit R&D organization. It specializes in solutions that help grow the Canadian forest sector and…

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Devin Hurcombe – Anishinaabe, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg

Devin does preventative maintenance and safety inspections on a cogeneration plant at Resolute Forest Products‘ mill in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The cogeneration plant uses bark and other leftover wood residues to produce heat and power. This helps the company reduce fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Resolute also supports…

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Evan Simon – Mi’kmaq, Unama’ki

Evan’s main role is to support a draft moose management plan in the Cape Breton Highlands and assist with community education and outreach programs. Evan also incorporates Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) into research and stewardship activities. Evan works with Clifford Paul, see his profile here. The Unama’ki Institute of Natural…

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