Meet our new Indigenous Relations Intern – Kiera Luong Wilson

Meet our new Indigenous Relations Intern – Kiera Luong Wilson

Kiera Luong Wilson recently joined Paper Excellence as an Indigenous Relations Intern. She studied Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Aboriginal law and politics at the University of British Columbia. She is deeply passionate about Indigenous rights and providing a future for Indigenous youth. In her role at Paper Excellence, she hopes to further the company’s collaboration and partnerships with Indigenous communities. With experience in mediation work with Indigenous nations, she aims to provide a sustainable future in the communities where Paper Excellence operates. In her free time, Kiera enjoys playing with her cat, Luna, reading, and advocating for mental health support for Indigenous peoples.

What did you study at school?

“I studied Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia. I combined two disciplines – First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science to create a specialization in Aboriginal Law and Politics.”

What brought you to Paper Excellence?

“I came across the Indigenous Relations Intern posting on Indeed and it immediately caught my attention. It was an easy decision for me, especially given Paper Excellence’s strong commitment to Indigenous relations. Knowing that I’d be a part of a company that values building respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous peoples was incredibly important. I saw it as an opportunity not only to contribute to a successful business but also to support meaningful reconciliation efforts and contribute positively to the communities where we operate.”

What are you hoping to learn in this role?

“In the role as Indigenous Relations Intern, I aim to learn how to cultivate respectful relationships with Indigenous communities. I’d like to be a part of the reason why Paper Excellence has such a great track record in Indigenous relations. My goal is to contribute to building trust and cooperation between Paper Excellence and Indigenous communities for sustainable outcomes.”

What drew you to the forest industry and how do you like it so far?

For me, I was drawn to the unique combination of working outdoors and contributing to sustainable practices. Knowing that my work could have a tangible impact on local economies and communities adds another layer of significance. I’m excited about the mill tours and Indigenous conferences that I’m about to attend. It will help me learn so much more about this industry.”

What interested you into focusing on Indigenous relations?

“One day I read a book about an Indigenous soldier called “Three Day Road” by Joseph Boyden, and it completely inspired me to pursue First Nations studies instead. Being Indigenous myself, with a family history deeply rooted in Indigenous culture–my grandma being a residential school survivor, I feel a profound connection to this field. It ignited my interest to learn and understand my heritage on a deeper level.”