Government Supports Economic Growth for Indigenous Communities Through the Softwood Lumber Action Plan

News release

September 13, 2018 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Natural Resources Canada

Our government is strengthening and supporting Indigenous jobs in Canada’s forestry sector.

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, today announced $400,000 for the Meadow Lake Tribal Council to sustain over 400  jobs near its NorSask Forest Products facility in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.

Funded through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI), part of the Government of Canada’s Softwood Lumber Action Plan, today’s contributions will support Meadow Lake Tribal Council in its efforts to enhance safety, capacity and production efficiencies.

This project represents the first component of a larger initiative, also supported by Indigenous Services Canada, with the goal to improve on product quality and reduce manufacturing costs and fibre waste.

The IFI provides funding to support Indigenous-led economic development in Canada’s forest sector. The funding aims to increase Indigenous participation in forestry-related opportunities, businesses, careers and governance.


“Indigenous-led businesses and job creation are crucial to the Canadian, Saskatchewan and Meadow Lake economies. Today’s investment in the NorSask sawmill will help ensure operations stay strong while building greener, more efficient solutions for manufacturing.”

Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Natural Resources

“The funding received by the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) from Natural Resources Canada’s Indigenous Forestry Initiative is a strong statement of support by the federal government for forest-based economic development among Indigenous communities. Specifically, the financial support provided by NRCAN undergirds 30 years of MLTC ownership, investment, employment opportunity and growth in the forest product manufacturing sector in northwest Saskatchewan. Through this kind of affirmative action, the federal government demonstrates its commitment to ensuring ongoing and sustained participation of Indigenous communities in forestry-based economic opportunities.”

Larry Iron
Vice Chief, Meadow Lake Tribal Council


Vanessa Adams
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources

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