Resolute and six First Nations celebrate a ground-breaking agreement in Ontario
Engaging our First Nations partners to support our operations in Northwestern Ontario just became a little more official. On February 10th, we signed a Memorandum of Agreement that sets out the framework for several contracts that have resulted in C$100 million in new business for our six First Nations MOA partners.
The contracts include work for construction at our sawmills, as well as transportation for hauling chips, biomass and lumber from the sawmills. There are also contracts for yard services, which includes managing the loading and unloading of logs, lumber and by-products, and there are contracts for harvesting and delivery.
This is all work that will go to support our C$90 million investment in the region with the construction of our new Atikokan sawmill and the upgrade and restart of the idled Ignace sawmill. It will also support the increased production capacity at our Thunder Bay sawmill, and the operations of our brand new wood pellet plant.
There are growing signs of recovery in the forest products sector. And this agreement underscores the commitment of both Resolute and its operating communities to work together to create jobs and economic opportunity for Northwestern Ontarians.
On the picture, from left to right:
- Chief Will Windigo of Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation
- Chief Judy White Cloud of Lac des Milles Lacs First Nation
- Richard Garneau, President and CEO of Resolute Forest Products
- Chief Earl Klyne of Seine River First Nation
- Chief Sara Mainville of Couchiching First Nation
- Chief Janice Henderson of Mitaanjigamiing First Nation
- Chief Norman Jordan of Lac La Croix First Nation