Canada supports Indigenous economic development in British Columbia’s forest sector

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By investing in forest sector technologies, we can provide greener solutions that will help fight climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy. That is why the Government of Canada joins the ‘Namgis First Nation in celebrating the successful expansion of operations at the Beaver Cove Chip Mill, which now operates as Atli Chip LP. This expansion opens up forestry-related opportunities, businesses, careers and governance within the traditional ‘Namgis territories and other communities in the region. The Government of Canada invests in projects to help equip communities with the tools to build greener businesses, create sustainable jobs and promote other economic opportunities in the sector.

The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced more than $1.4 million in funding to Atli Chip LP through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI) program that provides financial support for Indigenous-led economic development projects in Canada’s forest sector. Indigenous Services Canada also supported this project through the Strategic Partnerships Initiative.

The wood chipping plant has the ability to debark and chip larger logs as well as pieces of wood, thereby reducing wood waste. It will supply pulp chips to mills on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, as well as biomass from wood harvested in the traditional territory of the ‘Namgis and adjacent forest resource licenses.

Atli Chip LP is also working closely with FPInnovations to actively improve the efficiency and capacity of their facility, including the ability to process forest harvest residue feedstock. The successful due diligence, planning, acquisition and expansion of the facility provides an opportunity to support the long-term sustainability of the natural resources industry.

The government remains committed to fostering meaningful relationships with Indigenous nations, communities and groups while promoting their participation in the forest sector.

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