Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada 30 November 2017 -- Interfor Corporation and shíshálh Nation have announced the recent signing of a five-year relationship agreement for mutually beneficial forestry operations in the Nation's swiya (territory).
Interfor is a major forestry tenure holder in the shíshálh Nation swiya on BC's Sunshine Coast. The agreement is a new milestone for Interfor and the shíshálh Nation who have had a strong working relationship for more than twenty years.
"This agreement was built on trust, opportunity and a long-standing relationship. It creates predictability for both Interfor and shíshálh Nation and will support further growth of our partnership over the next five years," said Interfor's Vice President and Chief Forester, Ric Slaco.
"This agreement is the outcome of many years of work by past and current leaders of our great Nation. It helps to build the prosperity of our Nation and our people. Interfor has always demonstrated its leadership and commitment to work collaboratively with the shíshálh people," said híwus (Chief) Warren Paull.
Details of the agreement include mutual commitments to annual forestry projects, a joint decisionmaking process that works together to achieve common objectives, and a process for ensuring that forestry operations are conducted in a manner that upholds shíshálh Nation laws.
shíshálh Nation is a self-governing and culturally rich indigenous Nation which flourishes in both traditional and modern cultures and economies. While respect for shíshálh indigenous rights, including title, is paramount to the shíshálh people, shíshálh continues to establish and support many business opportunities in shíshálh swiya done in the right way, with respect and recognition of the paramountcy of our people's connection to our land. For more information please visit our website at www.shishalh.com
Interfor is a growth-oriented lumber company with operations in Canada and the United States. The Company has annual production capacity of 3 billion board feet and offers one of the most diverse lines of lumber products to customers around the world. For more information about Interfor, visit our website at www.interfor.com.