Resolute is proud of the strong partnerships we have built with First Nations communities across Ontario and Quebec. We maintain close ties with nearly 40 such communities, working together to create mutually beneficial opportunities and shared prosperity.
Watch this video to learn more about 5 key ways we collaborate with First Nations.
- Resolute provides support for training programs for Aboriginal youth, like our pilot programs at two Ontario colleges encouraging students to pursue trade careers.
2) JOINT VENTURES
- Joint ventures create tangible benefits for communities. The Opitciwan (Quebec) sawmill is a unique joint venture, with the Atikamekw Council of Obedjiwan having a 55% interest in the sawmill, while Resolute owns 45%.
3) EMPLOYMENT AND CONTRACTING
- We have signed agreements with dozens of First Nations communities, leading to significant contracts for construction work, transportation, yard services, harvesting and more. For instance, our agreement with the Innu Council of Pessamit (Quebec) will lead to the recruitment, training and hiring of Innu workers. In 2015, Resolute signed a Memorandum of Agreement that will result in $100 M in new business for seven of our First Nations partners in Ontario.
4) HARVEST PLANNING
- We ensure that First Nations are involved in decisions impacting their communities.
- In Ontario, Aboriginal communities are consulted as part of the development of forest management plans. In Quebec, harvest blocks are harmonized with Aboriginal communities to ensure that any issue they may have is voiced.
5) FOREST REGENERATION
- Forest regeneration is an essential aspect of responsible forest management, and another opportunity for collaboration. For example, Resolute purchases more than 1.5 million seedlings per year from the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation in Ontario, to support regeneration activities.
Our goal is to promote shared prosperity and the participation of Aboriginal peoples and businesses in the forest products sector.
Resolute’s commitment to partnering with First Nations is reflected in the way we do business every day.