Agoke wins OFIA Forest Sector Champion Award for next-gen training
By Maria Church
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.
Agoke is very proud to receive the Ontario Forest Sector Champion of the Year Award at @OFIA_info 77th annual meeting and convention. Honoured to be introduced by @AnishNation Regional Grand Chief Ed Wawia for our presentation by #eabametoong member Colin Shawinimash #ofia77 pic.twitter.com/IKiac3fYZ9
— Jason Rasevych (@jrasevych) February 26, 2020
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.