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Opinion: First Nations speaking up – Canadian Forest Industries

June 22, 2022

Indigenous economic development growing through forest industry

Hundreds of First Nations and Métis communities are situated in the forest. We live and thrive there. The forest has provided us with food, shelter, medicines and fire for millennia. Now it also provides us with wage employment, business opportunities and our own source revenues, as our nations create partnerships and increase our involvement in the forest industry.

Big things are happening. Indigenous management of forest resources has increased 135 per cent since 2003. Canada’s forest sector supports jobs in more than 400 Indigenous communities, employing 11,600 Indigenous peoples, and supporting 1,400 Indigenous-owned businesses.

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