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Feds seeking submissions for Indigenous-led forestry projects

Indigenous Forestry Initiative will support projects with $16.6M over three years

The federal government is inviting expressions of interest on projects designed to get more Indigenous participation in the forestry sector.

Announced on Sept. 21, the renewed Indigenous Forestry Initiative is designed to “advance reconciliation in the forest sector by supporting Indigenous-identified priorities to accelerate Indigenous awareness, influence, inclusion, and leadership.”

Between 2023 and 2026, the federal government will invest $16.6 million into the initiative, whose mandate focuses on four key areas:

  • 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 is blessed with immense forest resources. Finding ways to utilize these resources in innovative and sustainable ways is an important part of our work to fight climate change and build up a low-carbon economy that provides opportunities for communities in every region of Canada,” Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s minister of energy and natural resources, said in a Sept. 21 news release. 

“The Indigenous Forestry Initiative is an integral part of Canada's plan to increase Indigenous participation in the forestry sector, create good jobs and grow a sustainable economy that works for everyone.”

Applicants have until October 30 to submit their proposals.