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Paper Excellence signs letter of intent with First Nations in Saskatchewan


November 9, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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Representatives tour Paper Excellence Canada’s Prince Albert mill site on Oct 14, 2020. Note: Perspective compression is making people appear closer than they were; proper social distancing measures were observed when this photo was taken. Photo: Paper Excellence Canada

Paper Excellence Canada has signed a letter of intent alongside Pelican Lake First Nation and Witchekan Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan to build a collaborative relationship.

“We now have agreements with all the industries around us,” says Chief Peter Bill of the Pelican Lake First Nation in a statement about the Oct. 21 signing.

Chief Anne Thomas of the Witchekan Lake First Nation adds, “First and foremost in establishing a partnership is standing on common ground with a vision based on positive values. Touring the mill gave me an insight to possible opportunities.”

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Paper Excellence Canada already operates one mill in Saskatchewan at Meadow Lake and is working to restart its other operation at Prince Albert.

As well as taking a step towards reopening the Prince Albert mill, the letter also supports one of the 20 actions for 2020 in Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan: Growing Indigenous participation in the economy through the growth of Saskatchewan’s natural resource industries and labour market development.

“We recognize this is a first step in a long path of relationship building with the Pelican Lake First Nation and Witchekan Lake First Nation,” says Graham Kissack, vice-president of EHS and communications at Paper Excellence Canada.

“We’re excited to have begun the work with our valued neighbours and look forward to future successes with Indigenous partners especially in areas regarding fibre supply for our mills.”