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Hupacasath First Nation and Catalyst Paper sign MOU to strengthen relationship


April 14, 2022
By P&PC Staff
Walter Tarnowksy (left), general manager at Catalyst Port Alberni, shakes hands with Chief Councillor Brandy Lauder (right) after signing a Memorandum of Understanding. (Photo: Paper Excellence)

Hupacasath First Nation and Catalyst Paper, a Paper Excellence company, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU documents the intentions of both sides to build a collaborative relationship.

“Signing this MOU is about change. It’s about all of us at Paper Excellence, rightfully recognizing and respecting the aboriginal rights of the Hupacasath Nation and forging a relationship that allows us to grow together as partners into the future. It’s change that is long overdue. It’s change that is needed. And it’s change that we look forward to,” said Walter Tarnowsky, general manager, Catalyst Port Alberni.

In a statement released by the company, Paper Excellence explained that it understands the importance of being good neighbours and greatly values its relationships with Indigenous communities. The company strives to build strong long-term relationships with communities in its operating areas and where practicable to align its vision, values and corporate policies with local Indigenous Peoples.

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The company also noted that it is focused on building beneficial business partnerships and supporting community investment with initiatives that focus on business capacity, education, health and culture and sustainability projects.

“The Hupacasath Nation is pleased to take this important first step in building a mutually beneficial relationship with the Port Alberni mill,” said Chief Councillor Brandy Lauder. “Our people have been in this valley since time immemorial and we value meaningful partnerships with the forest industry in our territory.”