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Indigenous resource company rebrands to reflect community name change

Apitipi Resources is the 'business face' for the growth-minded First Nation
(Anicinapek Trucking photo)

Apitipi Resources is the new name in Indigenous business in the Abitibi greenstone belt of northeastern Ontario.

Apitipi Anicinapek Nation (ANN) — formerly Wahgoshig First Nation —  announced a name change for its resource company, from Wahgoshig Resources to Apitipi Resources, to better reflect the community’s name change made in March 2022.

ANN is an Anicinape community 50 kilometres east of Matheson. 

It’s a limited partnership with three companies under its umbrella that cater to clients in the natural resources sector. The wholly owned Indigenous company runs Black Diamond Drilling, Black Diamond Forestry and Anicinapek Trucking.

“It makes sense to change the name of the company to reflect the name of our community and partner,” said Francis Archibald, Apitipi Resources’ general manager, in a statement.

“Apitipi Resources LP is the business face of AAN and represents the core values of our community,” said Chief June Black. “This name change is important so people in the region understand the strong connection between our community and Apitipi Resources LP.”

The stated mandate of Apitipi Resources is to bring “social, economic, and environmental benefits to AAN while maintaining and promoting the First Nation’s cultural and traditional way of life, and, above all, respecting the land.”

“We are always looking for new pathways for growth,” Archibald said. “Our goal is to be a strong, reliable, and knowledgeable partner for our clients.”

In the release, the community said Black Diamond Drilling has gained a reputation in the mining exploration industry for reliability, for safety, and for completing drill contracts on time and on budget.

The focus of Black Diamond Forestry is on sustainable and responsible forestry practices for the 21st century. 

The latest addition, Anicinapek Trucking, came with the acquisition of Peter Bodick Trucking last May. The outfit hauls aggregates and other quarry material, but also performs excavation/removal services, site prep, large-scale snow removal, road building/maintenance services, and other related services.