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.
Nick Wabano Eabamatoong First Nation Slashpile burner/Kitchen support, Outland Crew leader in training, Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) Nick started his time at OYEP in 2016 as a ranger, and has since been a crew leader in training, tree planter, slash pile burner, and kitchen support worker. Through his differ-ent contracts with Outland, he continues to develop the many skills he learned at OYEP.
Michele Ossi Stellat’en First Nation Participant, Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) After Michele worked at OYEP, he worked as a general labourer for West Fraser for a while.
Kobe Peters Keewaywin First Nation Crew leader in training, Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) Kobe first joined OYEP in 2017, and he went back as a crew leader in training in 2019. As of Spring 2021, he works for Yataw Camps & Logistics for the Wataynikaneyap Project in Northern Ontario. In the spring of 2021, Kobe also planted on Outland’s 807 Resolute Plant.
Janice Beaver Summer Beaver First Nation Crew Leader in Training, Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) Dream job: Nursing Janice loved learning about the natural resources sector during her three summers at OYEP (2019-2021). In 2021, she was a Crew Leader in Training at the Esker Lakes camp. When she started, she was quiet and shy, but by the end, she was taking on challenges head first. Janice’s passion is helping others in need. After she completes high school, she is…
Mollie-Anne Mikita Mohawk Student Ranger, British Columbia Parks Dream Job: Park Ranger Mollie-Anne said she loved her BC Parks crew, and that they had so much fun together, it didn’t feel like work most of the time. Her top three tasks as a student ranger were public outreach, trail maintenance, and park law/policy enforcement. Mollie-Anne has completed a diploma in outdoor recreation at Capilano University and as of Spring 2021, was attending Douglas College for environmental studies.
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