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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.

Benedict Langille – Seine River First Nation

Benedict Langille Seine River First Nation Participant, Outland Youth Employment Dream Job: Forestry Sector While Benedict was a first- and second-year OYEP participant, he enjoyed team building, working and gaining experience with tools (like a brush cutter, axe and chainsaw), and obtaining new skills and putting them to practice on…

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Miranda Gagnon – Aroland First Nation

Miranda Gagnon Aroland First Nation Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Unsure The best part of Miranda’s Green Job was working out on the land. Her top duties at OYEP were knowledge collection, teamwork and bush work.

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Brady Redsky – Shoal Lake

Brady Redsky Shoal Lake Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Heavy machinery At OYEP, Brady did bush work, heavy lifting and worked hard. His favourite part of the job was tree planting.

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Jasmine Hardy-Morrison – Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek

Jasmine Hardy-Morrison Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Counsellor As a first-year OYEP participant, Jasmine enjoyed meeting new peers and participating in the program, which she deems “terrific.” Her main duties were trail cutting, general labour and tree planting.

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Ashley King – Gull Bay

Ashley King Gull Bay Crew boss forest firefighter, Ministry of Natural Resources Dream Job: Pilot or working with helicopters As a firefighter, Ashley’s duties varied based on where they were working. On base, she would make sure the crew knew the weather briefing, train for fires and do public work…

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