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.
Rose Mihalus-Spade Eabametoong First Nation Tree planter, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Culinary field Rose worked as a tree planter with OYEP for two years. Her chores were switched up every day, and she would help out around the campsite or travel out to do work after attending classes…
Jordan Dubois Sucker Creek Cree Nation Student Ranger, BC Parks Dream Job: Park Ranger As a student ranger, Jordan would check wildlife cameras; install signs; and pull invasive species like ivy, holly and buttercups. The best part of Jordan’s Green Job was the final assignment. They flew in a helicopter…
Tyler Bruyere Couchiching First Nation Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Diamond driller and mining Tyler enjoyed tree planting and making new friends at OYEP. He said it had a huge impact on him: he still talks to a lot of the friends he met there, and the experienced…
Gage Young Chemawawin Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Tree planter As an OYEP participant, Gage learned how to operate a brush cutter and spent most of his time cutting brushes and planting trees. He liked the hard work, and said he learned useful information while doing his job.
Demi Abraham Long Lake #58 Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program Dream Job: Midwife Demi had the opportunity to go out in the bush and meet new people, which she said was the best part of her Green Job. Her duties as an OYEP participant included planting trees and keeping campsites…
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