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In the Bush Around Ontario

by Staff, Megwekob Magazine

First Nations Forestry Company Achieves Milestone

Whitesand Forestry planted its one millionth tree this season as part of it's silvicultural operations. Ernie Wanakamik, Whitesand Economic Development Officer, said, "Our goal is to become the largest tree planting operation in the Armstrong area and to develop our own agreement with Domtar, the Sustainable Forest Licence (SFL) licence holder in the region."

Whitesand Forestry is a community-based forestry company with a harvesting and silvicultural division that is owned by Whitesand First Nation located near Armstrong, Ontario. Wanakamik says the success of Whitesand Forestry has opened the doors for band members to enter the forestry sector as independents. Richard Kwandibens is one such Whitesand member who operates a silviculture business in the Armstrong area. His company specializes in tree planting, thinning, brushing and cone picking.

New Forestry Operation Looking for Advice

The newly appointed economic development officer of Grassy Narrows First Nation is taking the first steps towards establishing a community-based forestry company. Wayne Hyacinthe says Grassy Narrows is particularly interested in developing a silvicultural operation. "The community is actively seeking assistance from other First Nations who have already gone down this path before,"he said. "Many First Nations communities are recognizing the importance of forestry as the key to economic self-sufficiency." Hyacinthe can be reached at (807) 925-2201. His address is Grassy Narrows First Nation, General Delivery, P0X 1B0. New Study Points to Training Needs in Forestry The North Superior Training Board in partnership with Weyerhaeuser Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has finalized a report to define an alternative approach to the delivery of apprenticeships with particular emphasis on the needs of the forestry industry. Working closely with industry and labour, a report was drafted outlining all of the training requirements of all concerned. Discussions continue between the various partners.

For more information, contact the North Superior Training Board at
(807) 346-2940 or toll free at (888) 800-8893
or email info@nstb.on.ca

New FedNor Aboriginal Forestry Business Officer

FedNor and CFS Appoint Aboriginal Forestry Business Officer Gerry Lesage is FedNor's new Aboriginal Forestry Business Officer. A member of the Garden River First Nation, Lesage brings a wealth of experience to his new job. He has worked with both the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and First Nations. He is a graduate of the Aboriginal Forestry Technician's program at Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Lesage's appointment is the result of a partnership between FedNor and the Canadian Forestry Service (CFS) of Natural Resources Canada.

Gerry Lesage can be reached at (705) 949-9461 ext. 2276
or email: glesage@nrcan.gc.ca

NAFA Raises Awareness on Non-Timber Forest Products

The National Aboriginal Forestry Association was a co-sponsor of the first international conference on non-timber forest products in cold temperate and boreal forests in Kenora (October, 1999). Entitled Linking, Research, Business and Policy towards a Sustainable Non-Timber Forest Product Sector, the goal of the conference was to facilitate the growth of a sustainable non-timber forest product sector in boreal and cold temperate forests.

Delegates attended workshops on ecology and biology, tenure and policy issues, land management, certification and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). Business models and case studies were shared. Speakers from across Canada, the United States and South America addressed the conference.

Harry Bombay, the executive director of NAFA, says that up until now governments and private industry have ignored the value of the non-timber values of the forests. One of the goals of the conference was to raise awareness of these issues that are critical to Aboriginal people. The National Aboriginal Forestry Association is a think-tank that facilitates policy development and negotiations between First Nations, the government and industry.

For more information contact NAFA at (613) 233-5563
or email: nafa@web.net

Reprints courtesy of Megwekob First Nations - Lake Superior First Nations Trust

National Aboriginal Forestry Association

First Nation Forestry Program

Northern Ontario Native Tourism Association

Assembly of First Nations

Cree-Tech Inc.
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