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Paper Excellence Canada supports Outland Youth Employment Program with $50,000 donation

October 4, 2023  By P&PC Staff

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Paper Excellence Canada has donated $50,000 to support the Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) to foster Indigenous youth development and education.

The company explains in a press statement that the Outland Youth Employment Program is a national network of land-based education, training, and work opportunities for high school-aged Indigenous youth. OYEP is a six-week work experience providing training and education in a supportive space that replicates various work environments.

“It is essential that we help create opportunities for the next generation,” said Lana Wilhelm, RPF, director of Indigenous relations at Paper Excellence Canada. “Our donation to the Outland Youth Employment Program aligns with our values of community engagement, youth empowerment, and Indigenous reconciliation. We look forward to witnessing the positive impact this contribution will have on the lives of Indigenous youth across Canada.”


The program takes an inclusive approach to Indigenous education, recruitment and retention and provides a safe and predictable learning environment that can be tailored to meet the needs of local communities and partners. OYEP collaborates with local Indigenous communities and consults with Elders to ensure youth feel culturally and spiritually supported in the workplace.

“OYEP is honoured to partner with Paper Excellence in our mission to empower Indigenous youth across the country,” said Mark Kmill, OYEP national manager. “This collaboration opens new doors for us to continue offering education, training, and employment opportunities, building upon our 24 years of experience. We express our sincere gratitude and eagerness to work closely with Paper Excellence and Indigenous communities throughout Canada in the years ahead.”

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