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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.

Sarah Dixon – Esk’etemc First Nation

Sarah Dixon Esk’etemc First Nation Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) Sarah said that her time at OYEP in 2019 changed her life—it helped her build more confidence and believe that she can do anything she puts her mind to. Her goal is to finish her Bachelor of Arts and continue doing what she loves.

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Caden Spence – Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation

Caden Spence Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) Dream Job: Gym teacher During his time at OYEP in 2019, Caden learned that he could overcome his shyness and make friends with anyone. He spent most of his time doing bush work, keeping the camp clean, and participating in training. Caden said he can’t wait to go back to meet more amazing people and learn more about the forest sector—and he has set his sights on a management…

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Sage Moses – Biigtigong Nishnaabeg

Sage Moses Biigtigong Nishnaabeg Crew leader, Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) Sage has worked with OYEP since 2016 and inspires other First Nation youth through her Green Job. She is also completing her post-secondary studies in Native Child and Family Services, and her goal is to continue helping Indigenous youth set their lives in a positive direction.

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Lucas Rioux-DePerry – Ginoogaming First Nation

Lucas Rioux-DePerry Ginoogaming First Nation Crew leader in Training, Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) Lucas won the Sydney Kenequanash Memorial Award for being a leader and positive influence among his peers at the Mink Lake OYEP camp. He was also the first Crew Leader in Training hired at the Manitoba OYEP camp in 2019. He also played a key role in the successful launch of OYEP’s Manitoba camp in 2019. During the 2020 school year, Lucas was a recreation worker…

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Soul One Spot Rollinmud – Tsuut’ina Nation

Soul One Spot Rollinmud Tsuut’ina Nation Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) Soul wanted to learn new skills and build confidence. She liked how OYEP gave her experience working with other companies and her fellow OYEP participants, who are now friends. Soul attends Mount Royal University in Calgary.

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