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Federal government invests $155K to grow forestry business in Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory


May 13, 2021
By Ellen Cools

The federal government has announced $155,280 in funding for Wiikwemkoong Unceded Indian Reserve to expand its Forest Resource Inventory business, which will improve their ability to bid on forest sector and government procurement contracts, as well as provide more employment opportunities for the community.

“With the support of NRCan’s Indigenous Forestry Initiative, the Wiikwemkoong Department of Lands and Natural Resources’ Forest Resource Inventory Program looks forward to enhancing its business plan and identifying economic opportunities by incorporating new drone and LiDAR technology. This will enable the program to remain competitive in the forest resource inventory sector while providing detailed and accurate data to allow its clients to manage annual harvests and future silvicultural applications,” said John Manitowabi, director of lands and natural resources at the Wiikwemkoong Department of Lands and Natural Resources, in a statement.

The funding comes from Natural Resources Canada’s Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI) program.

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