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Canadian government supports Indigenous economic development projects in B.C.’s forest sector

September 23, 2022  By P&PC Staff

The Government of Canada joined the ‘Namgis First Nation in celebration of the successful expansion of operations of the Beaver Cove Chip Plant, now operating as Atli Chip LP.  This expansion opens up forestry-related opportunities, businesses, careers and governance within ‘Namgis traditional territories and other communities in the region.

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced over $1.4 million in funding to Atli Chip LP through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI) program which provides financial support to Indigenous-led economic development projects in Canada’s forest sector. Indigenous Services Canada also supported this project through the Strategic Partnerships Initiative.

The wood chipping facility can debark and chip larger logs as well as wood chunks, reducing wood waste. It will provide pulp chips to mills on Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, as well as biomass from wood harvested in the ‘Namgis traditional territory and adjacent Forest Resources Licenses.


Atli Chip LP also collaborates with FPInnovations to actively improve the efficiency and capacity of the facility, including the ability to process forest harvest residue feedstocks. The successful due diligence, planning, acquisition and expansion of the facility presents an opportunity to support the long-term sustainability of the natural resources industry.

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