(April 20, 2021) VANCOUVER, BC – The First Nations Forestry Council has announced three new partnerships with Mosaic Forest Management, Tolko Industries Ltd. (Tolko), and Western Forest Products Inc. through the Indigenous Forestry Scholarship Program (IFSP).
Since the launch of the Indigenous Forestry Scholarship Program in 2012, 80 Indigenous students have received full scholarships to attend a forestry program of their choice, along with a paid work placement with participating program partners.
The program, with support from these new partners, will now offer additional full scholarships for BC First Nations entering into a career in BC forestry.
“The growth of the Indigenous Forestry Scholarship Program is creating meaningful opportunities for First Nations to enter into all areas of the BC Forest Sector”, tells Charlene Higgins, CEO of the BC First Nations Forestry Council.
“Our program partners play an integral role in the success of our Indigenous recipients, providing the resources and work opportunities necessary to grow Indigenous involvement in all areas of forestry in BC,” she adds.
Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in full-time forestry-related studies. Candidates are then required to participate in summer work that includes periods of one-on-one career mentorship with program partners.
For additional information on eligibility and how to apply, visit www.forestrycouncil.ca/cpages/ifsp.
Louise Bender, Director of People, Mosaic Forest Management:
“We are proud to partner with the First Nations Forestry Council to provide support to Indigenous forestry students. As a Progressive Aboriginal Relations silver-level certified company, Mosaic’s key objective is to increase representation and opportunities for Indigenous persons in the workplace. The Indigenous Forestry Scholarship Program compliments Mosaic’s broader scholarships and training programs and commitment to our First Nations partners.”
Bob Fleet, Vice-President, Environment and Forestry, Tolko Industries Ltd. (Tolko):
“Helping Indigenous youth secure an education and career in the forest sector is important to First Nations, the province, and Tolko. We are looking forward to students joining our team and we are pleased to partner with the First Nations Forestry Council to help advance this important program.”
Jennifer Foster, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Western Forest Products Inc.:
“We are pleased to partner with the First Nations Forestry Council in support of the Indigenous Forestry Scholarship Program. This scholarship award supports our broader goal of fostering diversity in our workplace, including through Indigenous employment, as we seek to benefit from a wide range of people and perspectives. Through this well-established program, we look forward to supporting another student launch their career in forestry and providing a rewarding work experience that is mutually-beneficial.”