Since the launch of this program in 2007, FPInnovations has been helping Indigenous communities develop or enhance forestry and wood products businesses.
The FPInnovations network of industrial advisors, scientists, economists and technologists, has expertise throughout the entire forestry value chain from resource development, resource extraction and manufacturing.
Accessing the Program
Communities that are interested in accessing the Indigenous Forestry Support Program should contact us.
Indigenous Forestry Program
At FPInnovations, the world’s leading not-for-profit forest sector research organization, we’re helping Indigenous communities to create jobs and wealth through our Indigenous Forestry Program.
The program, aimed at expanding the number of Indigenous communities involved in the Forestry and wood products industry, is financially supported by the provincial governments of Alberta and British Columbia and by Western Economic Diversification Canada.
What Our Partners Say
“Over the past few years, it has been my pleasure dealing with FPInnovations. They have helped my company in everything from reorganizing and updating our policies to training my management team. The honest, straight-to-the-point advice and suggestions were greatly appreciated. The employees sent to my location by FPInnovations were very professional, informative and they had or retrieved all the answers to our questions.”
“The team of FPInnovations travelled to our community to do an assessment of our sawmill operation. After much discussion and collaboration, we were able to develop a product which utilized as much of the off-cuts of the sawmill as possible. These are value-added products that without the input of FPInnovations would not have been developed into a potentially marketable product.”
“Esk’etemc received an immediate response to our request for assistance to support start-up activities for our Band sawmill. We believe that through FPInnovation’s high-quality advice and hands-on equipment selection, mill layout, marketing intelligence and marketing opportunities, we will move towards becoming a full partner in forestry with increased employment and real community benefits.”
“The most recent project – Strategic Plan for the Band’s Forestry Operations – completed for the Band provides valuable guidance for our economic ventures as we build on and expand the Band’s forest operations. We appreciate the support provided through the First Nations FPI program. It is through such programs that we are able to strengthen our Band management capacity as we develop a sound and economically strong business.”
“With assistance from FPInnovations, Taan Forest was able to conduct its first Sitka Spruce lumber manufacturing trial, worked with new contacts in the European market to bid on a high-profile public yellow Cedar project and was able to conduct additional customer and market development work for its newly established Western Red Cedar customer-cut lumber program. Assistance with forest products marketing and customer development is critically important to the Haida First Nation. Support from FPInnovations to accelerate entry in the market has already provided tangible results.”
“Nuxalk Development Corporation (NDC), the economic development arm of the Nuxalk First Nation in Bella Coola, BC, required expert advice for design and fabrication of a wood-fired kiln for our Totem Sawmill operation and were extremely fortunate to be able to access FPInnovations BC First Nations Forest Sector Technical Support Program. FPInnovations representatives met with the Nuxalk Nation’s Chief and Councillors, NDC’s Directors, Band staff, NDC staff and non-Nuxalk stakeholders. We were very pleased with their ability to interact effectively with a wide range of people and situations – as well as their professionalism and expertise.”
“[The Nation] will financially benefit from this project through developing viable business lines suited to our customer’s needs and directives of the Alberta government for integrated land management. [We] will recognize increased business efficiencies and cost savings by training and mentoring employees in service lines and skills that directly link to business growth and development.” “Working with FPInnovations on this project has been very beneficial to [the Nation]. The collection and validation of credible, timely market data is invaluable to business planning and directing our efforts to where they can benefit our members and businesses the most. FPInnovations is a professional, knowledgeable, and efficient service provider who maintained a high level of respect for our community values and business processes. We would not hesitate to recommend FPInnovations to other aboriginal businesses or communities .”