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Government to invest $743,000 to promote Indigenous-led forestry projects

Oct. 29, 2018 – Canada's forest sector continues to be an important generator of good, middle-class jobs and income in communities across the country, including rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Our government is working with Indigenous peoples to ensure that they participate in — and benefit from — natural resource projects.

October 29, 2018
By Natural Resources Canada

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, and Paul Lefebvre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister, today officially highlighted a multi-year $743,000 investment in the Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs Forum to promote Indigenous-led economic development in our forest sector.

Through this investment, Indigenous-owned businesses have delivered real results for their communities by enabling the Chapleau Cree First Nation to develop the Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs “Conservation Economy Strategy” — a cornerstone for forest sector economic development in member communities, including Missanabie Cree, Brunswick House, Michipicoten and Pic Mobert First Nations.

“Indigenous participation in the forest sector will position these communities for economic diversification and meaningful participation in forest management, and it lays the foundation for future development. This investment will continue to benefit the surrounding communities by creating good jobs and providing Indigenous-led development solutions,” said Minister Sohi in a statement.

This opportunity was co-funded by NRCan’s Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI) and Indigenous Services Canada’s Strategic Partnerships Initiative, facilitating economic development in Indigenous communities that rely on forests and Canada’s emerging forest bioeconomy.

The IFI funding aims to increase Indigenous participation in forestry-related opportunities, businesses, careers and governance.