Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

A Newsletter Celebrating Native America

December 16, 2000 - Issue 25





Prospective college students can apply for federal financial aid through the Free Application for US Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a service of the US Education Department. That application has been online for four years now, and director of application processing Jeanne Saunders says online usage has increased every year. The department forecasts 10.2 million applicants this year, and Saunders estimates that applicants will file 2 million online. However, that prediction may be an underestimate, as 1.5 million applications had been filed online as of August. Saunders says the department was aware of the advantage to students and parents that an online application would bring. FAFSA online illustrates two aspects of e-government: it is a new avenue of service that coincides with but does not eliminate the original, and it offers electronic data continuously through a tie-in to the department's mainframe. Hyperlinks on the site provide help to students, whose time required to process applications has dropped thanks to the online option.


If you or any one you know may be interested in this position please get intouch. ASAP.

There will also be at least one local hire position from the Upper Lake Melville area and there are emerging opportunities for Innu intern/training positions as well.

Feel free to phone, fax, email or drop by the Sheshatshiu office for more information
NOTE: the office is closed from Dec 20 to Jan 8th, but email will be monitored almost everyday.


Reply to:Larry Innes
Copy to:Stephan Fuller : Innu Nation
Location:Sheshatshiu, Labrador
Term: 8-12 months, with possibility of extension
Salary:$3000-$3700/month, depending on experience and qualifications, plus housing and relocation benefits

Innu Nation Forest Planner will take a lead role in the development of an ecosystem-based forest management plan for Forest Management District 19 (Upper Lake Melville) and participate in the planning and review of management plans for other forest districts in Labrador. Under a ProcessAgreement recently concluded between the Innu Nation and the Newfoundland Department of Forestry and Agrifoods, the Forest Planner will work with planners, managers and technical staff of other participants in the management planning process, including provincial resource agencies, local industry stakeholders and communities. The Forest Planner will also work with Innu Nation leaders and community members in developing a vision and strategy for Innu forest management .

The Forest Planner will serve as the Innu Nation's primary planner/facilitator on the management planning team and working groups.Technical aspects to include the application and documentation of an evolving ecosystem-based methodology to classify and map forest ecosystems, cultural use priorities assessing potential for sustainable forest uses of the region.

Initial 8 months of work will involve the following components: organizing the assembly of existing biological and physical data, and relevant digital coverages; working with experts to ensure consistent and useful classifications/mapping of ecological and cultural values; conducting site-level assessments of forest harvesting practices; developing a set of classified constraint maps identifying limits and potentials for human uses of the forested landscapes of FMD 19, and drafting detailed 5 and 20 year ecosystem-based fores
t management planning documents.

The Forest Planner will report directly to the Innu Nation Environmental Advisor and indirectly to the President and Chief Negotiator of the Innu Nation. The Forest Planner will work alongside the Innu Nation environmental monitoring staff, and will be expected to function as an integral part of the Innu Nation team.


  1. Commitment to the goals of the Innu Nation and to the promotion of an Innu vision of sustainable, ecosystem-based forest use.

  2. University degree or equivalent professional experience in forestry, forest ecology, land use planning, conservation biology, or other closely related fields.

  3. Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a well-organized and timely fashion as part of a fast paced, creative team.

  4. Demonstrated ability to engage and to work collaboratively with outside partners.

  5. Demonstrated ability to work with community members and local interest groups. Experience with First Nations communities or work in cross-cultural contexts is preferred.

  6. Knowledge of theoretical and applied aspects of forestry and land use planning, forest harvesting practices, standards and regulations.

  7. Knowledge and experience in evaluating landscape- and stand-level ecological variables.

  8. Familiarity with GIS (ArcView) and related database software is preferred, but not essential to the position.

Candidates should reply with an expression of interest, resume, and two references, preferably by email, before 5 January 2001. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Applications from Aboriginal persons possessing the required qualifications are strongly encouraged.

Questions regarding the position can be forwarded by email to Larry Innes at Every effort will be made to reply promptly. Applications should be copied to Stephan Fuller

STAR, Students and Teachers Against Racism, will be geared towards bringing understanding of the need for more education about Native American issues within the schools. If you are an educator or involved in education in any way, and would like to participate in this organization, fill in the section for Other Contact and note that it is for yourself, rather than for the school. If you are involved in a school that is having problems with mascots, I will be happy to send them essays, studies, and news articles about the detriments of using Native people as mascots. If you are involved in a school that has already resolved your Native mascot issues, I am very interested in hearing from you.

Thank you. Christine Rose


STAR is an non-profit organization that strives to bring understanding and acceptance between different cultures. If your school would like to join STAR and receive newsletters, please fill out the form below.

Our hopes are that we will be able to unite schools all over the country to bring an end to racism for all people, particularly our children, whose very lives we hold in our hands.

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