In this series of posts featuring highlights from our 2016 Annual Report, which provides both financial and sustainability information, we explore how Resolute brings principled leadership to every aspect of our business, in order to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Resolute understands how integral Canada’s forests are to the prosperity of Aboriginal communities.
We maintain close ties with nearly 40 First Nations communities across the areas where we operate, collaborating with them on developing mutually acceptable forest management plans, pursuing mutually beneficial commercial relationships, consulting on decisions that impact Aboriginal communities, and supporting meaningful employment and economic sustainability.
Committed to our people and our communities
In 2016 this included:
- Memorandums of agreement signed with Confederation College in Thunder Bay (Ontario) to promote training for Aboriginal students; and with the Anishnabek Employment Training Service (AETS), an Aboriginal employment and training organization that supports Aboriginal people who are transitioning into the workforce.
- A partnership with Cambrian College in Sudbury (Ontario) that encourages Aboriginal students to pursue trade careers. Students who complete the industrial millwright program are then offered permanent jobs at a Resolute operation.
- Memorandums of agreement that have resulted in C$100 million in economic opportunities for seven of our First Nations partners in Ontario. These groundbreaking agreements include significant contracts for construction and transportation.
- Our Thunder Bay (Ontario) sawmill, located on Fort William First Nation land and leased to Resolute on a long-term basis, employs some 200 workers, many from this First Nation community. This facility is the first in Canada to work under regulations created by the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act, which facilitates industrial development with First Nations on their land.
For more information about our commitment to Canada’s Aboriginal communities and other interesting facts about Resolute, check out our 2016 Annual Report.