Indigenous Heritage, Education & Dialogue
FORED’s Indigenous Heritage, Education & Dialogue (AHEAD) program delivers educational materials, events and complimentary, downloadable activities for educators, NGOs, community leaders and others. These programs help build awareness of cultural, economic and heritage values in natural resources decision-making and showcase valuable career opportunities to Indigenous youth. Indigenous mentors share their career journeys and help foster a stay in school ethic. The program has valuable voluntary partners such as the Indigenous Resource Network, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and individual First Nations from bands across BC as well as the provincial and federal governments, business leaders, academics & associations.
INDIGENOUS TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND MEDICINE CONTEST WITH $100 CASH PRIZES
To celebrate the rich culture and heritage of BC's Indigenous peoples, FORED sponsors an annual contest for all Indigenous youth on the theme of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge & Medicine.
View previous winners & contest details on our Artwork Contest page.
Or, download the details by clicking the button below.
Feedback from a proud mom whose daughter's award-winning art was displayed at the BC Ministry of Education office in Victoria for National Indigenous People's day.
Alison Webber's blog post June 2016 (pictured).
Indigenous Career Journeys: Video interviews with those in Natural Resources Sectors
Lending a Helping Hand
Since 2010, FORED has proudly funded our Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) First Nations bursary of $500 annually. Our Indigenous volunteers also help us promote the stay in school message to pursue post-secondary and graduate to great careers!
NVIT selects the winner based on a short essay on how traditional knowledge is used in natural resource management. Georgia, (pictured), is one of our many winners.
"We, at NVIT, are aware of the things you do for our community. Your generosity truly makes a difference."
-NVIT Academic and Financial Planner
First Choices, First Nations is a series of special publications focused on opportunities for Indigenous peoples that blend traditional knowledge and contemporary needs. Traditional harvesting, environmental management, tourism and other careers lay the foundation for reconciliation and economic prosperity in British Columbia.
Our Journeys are profiles of various BC Indigenous leaders who pursued their career dreams by staying in school and graduating to great professional achievements, like the always smiling Lenny Joe (pictured).
Joanne Stone-Campbell, BCIT
"Thank you so much for support and sharing of who we are and what we do to support our large Indigenous population at BCIT. I hope this is the first of many articles, there are many success stories of Indigenous graduates. We are very proud and keeping contact is very important with our Alumni."
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