TimberWest and Indspire launch post-secondary Indigenous Forestry Education Award
Nov. 29, 2018 – TimberWest is pleased to announce a $50,000 post-secondary scholarship program for Indigenous students enrolled in forest management studies.
TimberWest provided $25,000 through the Indspire Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program for a five-year period that started this year and is running until 2022. Indspire has received matching funding from the Government of Canada, raising the scholarship to a total of $50,000.
“TimberWest is proud to support forestry-related education opportunities for Indigenous students,” said president & CEO Jeff Zweig. “We strongly believe that education is an important contributor to increasing indigenous participation in the forest economy.”
The TimberWest Indigenous Forestry Education Award will be awarded on an annual basis to First Nations students representing one of the three major language groups on Vancouver Island: the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth or Kwakwaka’wakw territories. Students must be enrolled in a post-secondary institution studying forest resource management or natural resource management, forest sciences or fisheries, or apprenticeships, skilled trades and technician certificate or diploma programs to be eligible for the annual $5,000 award.
“I am pleased that TimberWest has further committed and invested in Indigenous education,” said Roberta Jamieson, president and CEO, Indspire. “This scholarship is a reflection of that commitment and speaks to the recognized value Indigenous peoples bring to the forest sector. With this award, that recognition can grow as it enables several Coastal B.C. First Nations students to follow their passion that starts with an entrenched set of land management values.”