A recent IFI funding agreement with the Yunesit’in government resulted in management and skills training to further Yunesit’in’s vision to build community pride and create community based opportunities in forestry. Located close to Williams Lake, Yunesit’in is one of the six Indigenous communities of the Tsilhqot’in Nation.
The Yunesit’in Forest to Frame project began in 2016 as a collaborative project. The intent is to use oversize Douglas-fir and develop marketable products, primarily for use in homes and other construction projects within Yunesit’in. A woodmizer (portable mill) was purchased and trainees honed their skills as sawyers, creating wood products that come from the community’s own business, local forest resources and labour.
The community workforce plan and strategy included a goal to increase participation of youth and female community members in the forest industry. There are approximately 450 community members.