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Cumberland Wood Products and Prince Albert Pulp sign Letter of Understanding


September 17, 2021
By P&PC Staff

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Dal Monte, vice-president of energy and business development (left) and Chief Rene Chaboyer, Cumberland House Cree Nation (right) met at the Prince Albert mill on August 18, 2021.

Cumberland Wood Products and Prince Albert Pulp recently signed a Letter of Understanding. The document touches on the approaches all parties will take to achieve a collaborative relationship with each other in Saskatchewan.

“Cumberland House Cree Nation is pleased to acknowledge the working relationship with Prince Albert Pulp and Cumberland Wood Products and their efforts supporting the reopening of the mill in Prince Albert,” said Chief Rene Chaboyer of the Cumberland House Cree Nation, “We welcome our partnership in the support of fibre supply and operations that lead to our mutual benefit; guided by an ecosystem management plan for the Saskatchewan River Delta and the sustainable use of its resources.”

“This is a key step in building our relationship with the Cumberland House Cree Nation and we are pleased to be on this path together,’ said Carlo Dal Monte, vice-president of energy and business development at Paper Excellence. “We are beginning important work with our valued downstream neighbours focused on environmental stewardship and industrial opportunities related to the restart of the Prince Albert mill.”

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Paper Excellence is working to restart its Prince Albert facility. It recently secured vital fibre supply allocation from the provincial government. The company also operates another mill in Saskatchewan at Meadow Lake.

“The signing of this Letter of Understanding signals our desire to continue building Indigenous relationships in the province,” added Dal Monte.

The signing of the Letter is aligned with one of the 20 actions for 2030 in Saskatchewan’s growth plan: “Growing Indigenous participation in the economy through the growth of Saskatchewan’s natural resource industries and labour market development.”