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TLA commends B.C.’s First Nations development fund

Sept. 12, 2016 - The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) commends Premier Clark and the Liberal government for providing up to $2.5 million over three years to support the continued development of the First Nations Sustainable Economic Development Strategy by the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN).

September 12, 2016  By Truck Loggers Association

“First Nations relationship are a critical piece of the TLA’s strategic plan,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “Last year we issued a position statement regarding the Tsilhqot’in Decision and our members (both First Nations and non-First Nations) continue to build successful relationships with First Nations communities and First Nations owned forestry companies.”

BCAFN’s strategy aims to ensure First Nations have the opportunities and resources to engage in economic development projects in their respective traditional territories, and that they see improved employment, training and benefits. “This kind of work supports our own efforts and benefits the forest industry as a whole,” said Elstone. “I agree with Minister Rustad—when First Nations succeed, their neighbouring communities succeed. And that’s where my members operate, in BC’s 110 coastal communities.”

The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents over 450 independent forest contractors and their suppliers operating on the coast of British Columbia. Our membership supports thousands of workers and, along with other independent contractors, accounts for close to 90 per cent of the trees harvested on the coast. The TLA promotes a thriving, sustainable coastal forest industry in BC.


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