Boreal Awards 2010: Stand Tall Boreal Leaders

Boreal Awards 2010: Stand Tall

The annual Boreal Awards gala reunites the most engaged representatives from Aboriginal communities, government, environmental groups, science and industry working together to protect the Boreal Forest. This year, the gala took place November 24th at Canada’s National Arts Centre, in Ottawa.

And the award winners are…

Every year, there are thousands of people toiling to protect Canada’s Boreal Forest. The Boreal Awards offer an opportunity to recognize their efforts.

Here are the 2010 Boreal Award recipients:

  • Aventures Ashini and the Friends of the Mushuau-Nipi run annual seminars in Northern Quebec at the stunning George River. Serge Goupil Ashini and his team share the beauty of the Nordic area, educate participants on the importance of protecting the territory, and explain and contextualize aboriginal rights and culture to the larger public;
  • Cascades Fine Paper Group, from Saint-Jérôme, Québec recognized for business practices that emphasize 100% recycled paper and production practices that results in Cascades producing 94% less carbon emissions than the industry average of blank paper in North America;
  • Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Alberta is a strong leader and an integral force in mobilizing forces in a joint effort against environmental destruction. Through his words and actions Chief Adam consistently demonstrates a great love for the land, the water, and his people;
  • First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining (FNWARM) is a coalition of First Nations women leaders from northern BC with extensive experience in dealing with mining issues, most recently the Fish Lake campaign. FNWARM seeks to promote environmentally sound mining exploration and development processes that respect First Nations rights and full participation;
  • Global Forest Watch Canada is one of Canada’s most important providers of the tools and the data that conservationists, governments, First Nations, and industries require to plan for and protect Canada’s Boreal Forest. The provision of these data ultimately will result in forest management regimes that provide a full range of benefits for both present and future generations;
  • Professor Louis Bélanger, a long-time volunteer with Nature Québec, has used his expertise in forest ecology and forest management to positively influence ecosystem standards in Quebec, including the passage of the Sustainable Forest Development Act.
2010 Boreal Awards recipients

2010 Boreal Awards receipients. Photo by Dwayne Brown.

For more information, please read the media release for this event:

First Nations luminaries, innovative paper company, and a global forest monitoring network are among the 2010 Boreal Award winners