Curve Lake First Nation, ON
Cara Sanders is a band member of the Curve Lake First Nation and has vast experience in environmental projects and Federal and Provincial environmental assessments (EA). Her responsibilities range from data collection to project management to report writing. Cara completed the Catalyst 20/20 program in 2016 and has since followed her dream to work with First Nation communities in Ontario. She presently has projects in motion with four communities and has proposals out with many more Nations. In the winter of 2018, Cara was awarded to CERRC bioheat projects, which have grown to have a sawmill and winter wood program. The synergy and employment opportunities for both the remotes were a perfect fit. As a First Nation woman, Cara believes strongly in supporting the needs of other First Nations and in protecting our Mother Earth.
For the past many years, she has been working very hard to build relationships with communities in Ontario and help them with things they want and need relating to energy. The lessons learned and the people she met in the 20/20 program have empowered her to achieve the things she has. But she believes this is only the beginning for her. She believes there is so much more to learn and share. Being asked to be a mentor and a member of the Advisory Committee is an honour and a blessing. She is forever grateful for what she has learned and the path she is on.