Anishinabek Nation leadership and youth honoured and recognized for contributions to Indigenous forestry

Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) recognizes Anishinabek Nation Northern Superior Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief Edward Wawia as a 2020 Forest Community Champion. – Photo by Laura Barrios

By Rick Garrick

OTTAWA — Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief Edward Wawia and M’Chigeeng youth Hunter Corbiere were recently recognized with Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) 2020 Awards of Excellence. Wawia was one of four FPAC Forest Community Champion Award recipients and Corbiere was one of three FPAC Skills Award for Indigenous Youth recipients highlighted during the Sept. 21 awards announcement.

“I’m so honoured — it’s awesome,” says Corbiere, a 20-year-old Fleming College Forest Technician program graduate. “It’s such a stepping stone. The Forest Products Association of Canada has been so amazing to do such awesome things for Indigenous youth and involving Indigenous communities in forestry.”

Corbiere was recognized for her efforts in helping to shape the Forest Technician program at Fleming College and for her role as an Indigenous speaker at the Kawartha Woodlot Conference held by the Forestry class in February.

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