Agreement to form a new limited partnership — Huu-ay-aht will purchase a seven per cent interest in tree farm licence 44

Island Voices: Reconciliation, revitalization of the forest sector in the Alberni Valley

By Robert J. Dennis Sr., chief councillor, Tliishin (Derek Peters), Tayii Haw’ilth (head chief), Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Don Demens is the president/CEO, Western Forest Products Inc.
In early 2018, Western Forest Products Inc. and Huu-ay-aht First Nations signed the Reconciliation Protocol Agreement to advance a shared vision of reconciliation and revitalization of the forest sector in the Alberni Valley. In August, we built upon that agreement by announcing our commitment to explore potential alternative ownership structures in Huu-ay-aht’s hahouthlee (traditional territories).  Last month, Huu-ay-aht and Western took a historic leap toward reconciliation by announcing an agreement to form a new limited partnership — in which Huu-ay-aht will purchase a seven per cent interest — to operate tree farm licence 44. For Huu-ay-aht, this is an important milestone to increase Huu-ay-aht participation in the co-management of timber-harvesting operations within the hahouthlee.  …For many years, Western and Huu-ay-aht have shared a unique business relationship and have collaborated on a series of forestry agreements to enhance Huu-ay-aht’s involvement in the forest sector
Victoria Times Colonist
January 6, 2019

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