Indigenous Voices

The Indigenous professionals below have all taken different paths to get where they are. They’ve tried different jobs, studied at various levels, and had diverse experiences before landing in these roles. Some of them currently work for a provincial or territorial park. Many others work in the forestry sector for organizations whose lands are SFI-certified.

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

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Guy Wright, RPF – K’ómoks First Nation

Guy helps to ensure that forests grow back healthy after sustainable harvesting. K’ómoks First Nation Forestry supports the prosperity of the K’ómoks First Nation by using sustainable forest management to create economic opportunities. The K’ómoks First Nation is also certified to the SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples,…

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Richard Gordon – Inuk, Inuvialuit

Richard spends April to September in Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island Park supervising a team of park rangers, supporting conservation and climate change work. Yukon Parks is a PLT Canada Green Jobs employer. Richard’s story is included in A Guide to Green Jobs in Canada: Voices of Indigenous Professionals. Download the guide RICHARD’S…

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Shelley Stewart – Syilx, Upper Nicola Band

Shelley and her husband Rob run two companies and have 27 employees. The companies are SRS Trucking and Bar S Ventures. Shelley is the main logging contractor for Stuwix Resources Joint Venture, an SFI-certified company. Stuwix Resources’ General Manager, Lennard Joe, is also profiled here. Companies that are certified to…

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Lennard Joe, RPF – Scw’exmx, Shackan Indian Band

Stuwix Resources is a fibre management and marketing company. It is owned jointly by seven First Nations Bands in British Columbia. Stuwix Resources, an SFI-certified organization, incorporates First Nation cultural and traditional practices throughout all stages of its sustainable forest management. Lennard is the general manager of Stuwix Resources Joint…

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Michelle Botham – Anishinaabe, Lac Seul First Nation

Michelle works to ensure that forests are fully regenerated after sustainable harvesting. Every day on the job is something different. On a given day, Michelle might be supervising tree planting, overseeing site preparation, collecting field data, or supervising summer students. She also ensures compliance with forestry regulations. Hme Enterprises works…

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