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From L-R: David Calabrigo with Marvin George, PGNAETA Program Officer (left) and Mark Prince, VP of PGNAETA’s board of directors (right).
At Canfor, we appreciate the power of diversity and the immense value in partnering with First Nations communities. After several years working together with the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA), Canfor solidified this partnership with the signing of a collaborative agreement on April 27.
This agreement formalizes Canfor’s commitment to support and encourage job matching for First Nations job seekers who are interested in a career opportunity with Canfor. As part of this agreement, Canfor commits to training and preparing of First Nations applicants to meet the needs of Canfor, which will increase recruitment and retention of aboriginal applicants.
This agreement demonstrates Canfor’s commitment to increasing First Nations participation within our workforce and speaks to our value in building and strengthening relationships with our key stakeholders, specifically the First Nations community.
As part of our commitment in this area, our First Nations Relationships Manager, Amy Rose, leads non-operational First Nations engagement, where one major component includes creating employment and training programs by developing partnerships with Aboriginal service providers and educational institutes in an effort to increase the inclusion of First Nations within Canfor’s workforce.
Last week, PGNAETA awarded Canfor with their first-ever Spirit of Unity Award so we know our collaborative approach with our First Nations communities is working. Moving forward, we are pleased to have a formalized commitment in this area of great importance to Canfor and look forward to the positive impact it will have with aboriginal applicants interested in a career at Canfor.