Canfor is always looking for ways to get students to take a closer look at our company when they’re planning their careers. This is especially true when it comes to Aboriginal students.
That’s why I am so pleased that Canfor now has a three-year agreement with the New Relationship Trust Foundation to provide $20,000 a year in scholarship funding for Aboriginal students in our operating areas who want to pursue forestry or trades studies.
I was pleased to have the Foundation’s director Cliff Fregin and advancement coordinator Amy Rose join me last month when I announced the scholarships at the Association of BC Forest Professionals conference in Prince George. The Foundation’s mission includes assisting Aboriginal peoples in BC separately and collectively to meet their education goals – and equipping youth with the skills they need to join the forest sector is a great way to reach this objective.
For Canfor, the agreement is an important means to strengthen the productive, respectful relationships we have with First Nations governments and communities, and to increase Aboriginal participation in our industry.
The New Relationship Trust Foundation will administer the new scholarship program, and you can find out more about their organization at www.nrtf.ca. I also want to remind anyone who is looking for a challenging, exciting career to check out our careers website.