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.

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…


Marie-Josée Picard – Innu, Pessamit

Marie-Josée believes young people should learn about climate change issues early on so that they can consider a green career path. She works as an Environmental Technician. Nutshimit-Nippour Consulting provides a range of environmental services, including in forest sciences. Its team of forest engineers and technicians plans, manages, and monitors…


Leesee Papatsie – Inuit, Nunavut

Leesee Papatsie works with Inuit communities and Elders to promote protection and awareness of territorial parks. Nunavut Parks is a member of the Canadian Parks Council, which works to promote excellence in parks planning and create meaningful Green Jobs opportunities for young people across the country. Nunavut Parks is a…


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