Re: Gazette story ‘Quatsino First Nation signs agreement with three forestry companies.’ (online at www.northislandgazette.com and in today’s edition on page 3).
As the association that represents the men and women who go to work in B.C. forests every day, we would like to congratulate Western Forest Products, Interfor and Truck Loggers Association (TLA) member Lemare Lake Logging on their new agreements with the Quatsino First Nation meant to build long-term relationships that will support a strong future for the Nation and forestry within the Quatsino Traditional Territory on Northern Vancouver Island.
The TLA has always been supportive of continued growth of First Nations involvement in the forest industry given that our members are the economic backbone of rural communities across the coast. The TLA recognizes the rights and title of First Nations and we support efforts to build mutually beneficial partnerships such as those reported.
Other TLA member companies will also continue to build on their successful history of working with First Nations, supporting collaborative relationships that are rooted in a foundation of deep respect.
Meaningful First Nations partnerships like these strengthen communities by boosting employment and building capacity with First Nations as well as increasing First Nations participation in all aspects of the forest economy.
David Elstone, RPF
The Truck Loggers Association