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Canada to fund Mi’kmaq forestry management plan


September 12, 2018
By P&PC Staff

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September 11, 2018 – The Canadian government has backed a funding initiative that will help Mi’kmaq communities apply traditional knowledge to a forest management plan.

Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s minister of natural resources, announced $873,600 for the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq and Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources to become involved in the economic development of Nova Scotia’s forests.

As part of Canada’s Softwood Lumber Action Plan, this funding will support Mi’kmaq participation in the transformation of Nova Scotia’s forests by promoting a holistic Mi’kmaw approach to forestry known as Netukulimk, ensuring forest development consistent with Indigenous values, and creating jobs in Indigenous communities.

Under the Mi’kmaq–Nova Scotia–Canada Framework Agreement, the Mi’kmaq have been developing the capacity to manage and use forestry resources.

This will create economic development and forest sector capacity firmly rooted in the Netukulimk vision.