The Forest Products Association of Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, presented the Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth to Danielle Patzer of the Manitoba Métis Federation and Aaron Jones of the Garden River Ontario First Nation in Ottawa on Wednesday.
The Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth is open to First Nations, Métis or Inuit individuals aged 18 to 30 who are enrolled in an apprenticeship program, college or university, with strong academic standing, and a demonstrated commitment to their field of study and a career in the revitalized forest sector.
Jones is currently in his second year at Sault College studying Natural Environment Technology. This summer he will work with the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry as an Assistant Resource Management Technician, assisting with a study on regrowth after logging operations. He has also been a cave guide and kayak guide, helping to educate others about coastal rainforest ecosystems and the large trees that occupy them. Jones plans to pursue a career in the forest sector after he receives his diploma next year.
“As leaders, workers, and students in the forest industry, we are at the front line of conservation,” Jones said. “Let’s always keep in mind economic, environmental, and
social needs of our land, so that this industry thrives for many generations to come.”
Local MP Terry Sheehan said it was a pleasure to join Jones at the award ceremony.
“I’m very proud to see such an accomplished young man passionate about his home community as well as his impressive work in Nature Conservancy and responsible Natural Resource management in the forestry field,” Sheehan said.