TOBIQUE FIRST NATION, NB /CNW — Canada’s forests continue to be important sources of good jobs in communities across the country, especially rural, remote and Indigenous communities. To ensure a direct benefit to Indigenous communities, our government is supporting Indigenous peoples’ participation in natural resources projects.

Member of Parliament for Tobique–Mactaquac, T.J. Harvey, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources (NRCan), the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, announced $295,000 in funding for two Indigenous forest sector projects in New Brunswick that will create jobs and boost the local economy.

The first project is a multi-year investment of $255,000 to the Tobique First Nation that will establish a forest-based community business to create long-term employment opportunities and increase revenues in the community. Part of this funding has so far supported a detailed analysis of Tobique’s manufacturing options, which led to the purchase of a sawmill in Perth-Andover. The next phase of this funding will create standard operating procedures, training in grading and stamping lumber and management succession planning for the mill that will lead to more local jobs.

The second investment of $40,000 will help Mi’gmawe’I Tplu’taqnn Incorporated launch a sustainable forestry strategy for its nine-member communities. The strategies will assess and identify manufacturing options and opportunities in the local forest sector.

Both projects are funded by NRCan’s Indigenous Forestry Initiative, part of Canada’s Softwood Lumber Action Plan, which offers opportunities to Indigenous communities that rely on forest sustainability by increasing Indigenous participation in forestry-related opportunities, businesses, careers, and governance.

“Our government is committed to growing an efficient and resilient forest sector in Canada. These projects will directly benefit Indigenous communities by helping individuals acquire the skills and knowledge needed to participate more fully in the forest sector and contribute to the overall competitiveness of the economy,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources Canada.