Pamela Perreault is a member of Garden River First Nation in Ontario. Her academic and consulting careers have taken her across Canada and around the world in pursuit of knowledge and understanding of Indigenous peoples connection with forested landscapes. Between 1997 and 2014 she lived in British Columbia and worked extensively with First Nation communities and organizations on natural resource issues such as consultation policy development and implementation, forest resource management, land-use planning, non-timber forest resources (NTFRs), community-based research and Aboriginal governance related to lands and resources. Her recent work on the implementation of Free, Prior and Informed Consent in the FSC certification context has exposed her to emerging opportunities and solutions of community engagement focused on Indigenous Peoples self-determined development.
Pamela has been a research fellow at the University of Auckland NZ, a Member of the Forest Sciences Board of the BC Ministry of Forests, a Program Coordinator in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC, a university instructor on Haida Gwaii and at Algoma University. She began her academic career in biology, specializing in freshwater ecology at the University of Waterloo. After working with the Canadian Forest Service in Sault Ste. Marie as a summer student, she returned to university to complete her Masters of Science in Forestry at UBC. She is co-editor of the book Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Lands in Canada (UBC Press 2013). In 2014, Pamela returned to her home community of Garden River First Nation with her husband and son. In 2019, she moved back to the West Coast to continue working with Indigenous communities on initiatives that foster real impact and opportunity.