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Forest Sector Council proposes strategies for Aboriginal employment


January 24, 2012
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Developing effective, local partnerships with Aboriginal peoples will be a critical factor in helping the Canadian forest products sector address future labour force requirements, according to a new report from the Forest Products Sector…

Developing effective, local partnerships with Aboriginal peoples will be a critical factor in helping the Canadian forest products sector address future labour force requirements, according to a new report from the Forest Products Sector Council (FPSC-CSPF).

Conversation and Collaboration: Building the Future Canadian Forest Products Sector with Aboriginal Talent highlights the challenges the sector faces and how it can move forward in engaging with Canada’s Aboriginal populations.

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The final report represents the results a two-fold process undertaken by FPSC-CSPF — an extensive year-long engagement process across Canada combined with detailed statistical and demographic research. It identifies current promising practices and successes, challenges and opportunities, and recommendations for a path forward.

Four key strategies are proposed for moving forward:

– develop effective youth education programs and Aboriginal-specific resources to promote careers in the Canadian forest products sector;

– produce Aboriginal labour market information focusing on the unique conditions which support Aboriginal employment in the sector;

– support and grow successful training programs and partnerships between Aboriginal groups and industry; and,

– build awareness and improve the perception of the sector by promoting careers and increasing youth involvement.

To access the report visit www.fpsc-cspf.ca.


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