Canadian Biomass Magazine

Federal government invites applications for Indigenous forestry initiative

September 27, 2023
By P&PC staff

The federal government is currently accepting expressions of interest (EOI) for the Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI). Announced by Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, the applications close on Oct. 30. This Initiative supports Indigenous-identified priorities, awareness, influence, inclusion and leadership in the forest sector.

The IFI is accepting applications for projects that contribute to building and preserving Indigenous knowledge and science; support Indigenous participation and leadership in the sustainable management of forests; inform business planning and decision-making; and increase the participation of Indigenous communities in forest sector development and conservation.

Canada announced investments of $16.6 million over three years, starting in 2023, for the renewal of the program, and the expansion of its mandate to support broader Indigenous-identified priorities related to forests, inclusive of forest stewardship as well as economic development.

The call for expressions of interest came during National Forest Week last week, which provided an opportunity to learn more about Canada’s forest heritage and raise awareness about this valuable and renewable resource.


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