Feds invests $295K in two NB Indigenous forestry projects
By Ellen Cools
Dec. 20, 2018 - Two Indigenous forestry projects in New Brunswick have received $295,000 in funding from the federal government.
According to a news release, Tobique First Nation will receive $255,000 over multiple years to establish a forest-based community business that will create jobs and increase revenue in the community. So far, the funds have supported a detailed analysis of Tobique’s manufacturing options, which led to the purchase of a sawmill in Perth-Andover, N.B. The next phase of funding will help establish standard operating procedures at the mill, training in grading and stamping lumber, and management succession planning.
Meanwhile, the remaining $40,000 will help Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Incorporated create sustainable forestry strategies for its nine member communities. The strategies will determine manufacturing possibilities in the local forest industry.
Both projects are funded by NRCan’s Indigenous Forestry Initiative, part of Canada’s Softwood Lumber Action Plan.