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Indigenous Voices

Indigenous Peoples are Canada’s original forest and conservation professionals, and today, they shape every facet of the sector.

The stories below profile both established Indigenous professionals in the forest and conservation sector and young people who have just begun their green career pathway. They’ve tried different jobs, studied at various levels, and had diverse experiences that have led them to where they are today.

The profiles of Indigenous professionals can also be found in PLT Canada’s A Guide to Green Jobs in Canada: Voices of Indigenous Professionals.

And the Voices of Indigenous Youth can be viewed on this map as well.

Sheldon Childforever – Pic Mobert First Nation

Sheldon Childforever Pic Mobert First Nation Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Mining or Ojibwe Teacher Sheldon said that helping the environment was the most rewarding part of his Green Job in 2021. He advised his peers to enjoy their youth years as they can. In 2021, Sheldon was planning to attend further education with hopes of getting into mining or teaching Ojibwe.

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Elli Fitzpatrick – Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation

Elli Fitzpatrick Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Unsure Elli enjoyed being in the bush during his Green Job experience in 2021. In 2021, he was unsure about his career path and plans to finish high school before figuring it out.

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Pacey Whitehead – Neskantaga First Nation

Pacey Whitehead Neskantaga First Nation Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Playing hockey Pacey planted trees during their time with the Outland Youth Employment Program in 2021 and hopes to pursue a career in hockey.

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Dollard Ward – Pic Mobert First Nation

Dollard Ward Pic Mobert First Nation Crew leader in training, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Miner, Welder, or Firefighter Dollard said he enjoyed meeting youth and travelling the most during his Green Job experience in 2021. He also managed other Outland Youth Employment Program participants and did some planting. In 2021, he was unsure of his future career, but he wants to be either a miner, a welder, or a firefighter. Dollard plans to go to college to learn…

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Keetan Gagnon – Arrow Land First Nation

Keetan Gagnon Arrow Land First Nation Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Unsure As an Outland Youth Employment Program participant in 2021, Keetan did bush work.

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