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Agoke wins OFIA Forest Sector Champion Award for next-gen training


February 28, 2020
By Maria Church
Maria Church
From left, Colin Shawinimash and Jason Rasevych receive the OFIA's Forest Sector Champion Award from OFIA's Ian Dunn. Photo source: Twitter/@idunn123.

Agoke Development Corporation, a forestry company owned by the First Nations of Aroland, Eabametoong and Marten Falls in northwestern Ontario, has received the Ontario Forest Industries Association’s (OFIA) Forest Sector Champion Award.

The award was handed out at the OFIA’s annual meeting and conference in Toronto this week.

The award recognized the company’s Forestry 101 Orientation program that is building up the future workforce.

The first of its kind, land-based program provides a condensed overview of the entire forest sector and aims to promote inclusion of Anishnawbe peoples in forest management, silviculture, harvesting, road construction, and sawmilling.

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