Anishinaabe forestry professionals lend their voice to Industry e-book

Sagamok Anishnawbek’s Dean Assinewe was one of 12 Indigenous leaders featured in Project Learning Tree Canada’s A Guide to Green Jobs in Canada: Voices of Indigenous Professionals, which was recently released in an Anishinaabemowin version.

By Rick Garrick

BONFIELD — Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada) recently released the Anishinaabemowin translation of its A Guide to Green Jobs in Canada: Voices of Indigenous Professionals. The guide features the stories of 12 Indigenous leaders, including two Anishinaabe citizens, who work in the forest, conservation and parks sectors, as well as a series of career fact sheets.

“The revitalization of our cultures includes language — offering these translations is a way of acknowledging and respecting the culture and traditions of Indigenous peoples,” says Dean Assinewe, Indigenous opportunities advisor at Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Sagamok Anishnawbek citizen and one of the Indigenous leaders profiled in the guide. “It’s important to reach people in their first language, and we hope the guide can also be used as a learning tool for others who are trying to learn their language.”

Assinewe says he was working for FPInnovations when he was profiled for the guide.