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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.

Catherine Langille – Seine River First Nation

Catherine Langille Seine River First Nation Crew Leader in Training, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Biologist/Conservationist Catherine’s favourite part of her Green Job was being outside and being paid to camp. As a crew leader in training, her main duties were tree planting, canoe trips and collecting data. After she completes…

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Blaze Head – Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Blaze Head Opaskwayak Cree Nation Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Natural Resources Blaze’s top three duties as an OYEP participant were brush cutting, tree planting and lifting trees. The best parts of his Green Job were meeting lifelong friends and all the knowledge and experience he gained. Blaze…

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Meghan Jourdain – Fort William First Nation

Meghan Jourdain Fort William First Nation Crew Leader in Training, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Leader/Mentor  Meghan has worked at OYEP as a Ranger (two years) and a Crew Leader in Training (three years). Typically, her work days would include tree planting, trail clearing and certification training. Her five…

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Warren Iserhoff – Moosonee

Warren Iserhoff Moosonee Sawmill Spareman, Rayonier Advanced Materials Dream Job: Heavy Duty Mechanic Warren’s top three duties as a sawmill spareman were heavy lifting different size logs, fixing Debarker log machines and the operation of log decks. He liked that he was given the opportunity to see the many operations…

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Shawn Tssessaze – Dene

Shawn Tssessaze Dene Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Crew leader As an OYEP participant, Shawn’s main tasks were brush cutting, tree planting and cleaning. His favourite part of the job was using the brush saw.

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