Lac Seul First Nation receives Forest Resource Licence
Obishikokaang Resources, a forest management corporation owned by Lac Seul First Nation, has been issued an enhanced Forest Resource Licence by the province of Ontario.
This is the first Forest Resource Licence that enables a community to not only harvest wood, but manage the forest it comes from.
The enhanced licence will provide opportunities for Lac Seul First Nation to fully participate in negotiations about a new tenure model for the forest and to ensure the ongoing sustainability of Ontario’s Crown forests.
It will also help the community gain practical experience in forest management while stimulating local economic development and creating jobs.
“The opportunity to participate in the management of the Lac Seul forest is a great day for our people, as we have been waiting for over a hundred years to have a greater say in the management of our lands.”
– Chief Clifford Bull, Lac Seul First Nation
6 full-time jobs are expected to be created in the community.
Obishikokaang Resources recently signed an agreement with Domtar and traditional operators to ensure that operations continue on the forest.
The enhanced Forest Resource Licence is valid for up to five years.
Source: Government of Ontario
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