Communities & Indigenous Partnerships

Canada’s forest products industry is the lifeblood of over 600 communities.

To continue Canada’s generational fight against climate change, forestry communities across the country will be relied on for their innovative practices and their contributions to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

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Canada’s forestry sector employs approximately 11,600 Indigenous workers, making it one of the largest Indigenous employers in the country.
Growing an inclusive green economy, and sustainable management of our most important renewable resource, is centred in valuing and respecting the communities where forestry operates. We recognize the unique and irreplaceable role Indigenous stewardship plays in managing Canada’s forests, and the vital importance forests have to the cultural, economic and spiritual relationships Indigenous peoples hold with the land. The forest sector is committed to providing better job opportunities, quality of life, and reducing climate risks in these communities through cooperation and partnership. 

We’re fostering sustainable, more resilient communities through the circular economy. 

Wood chips, sawdust, and bark — materials that might otherwise be considered “wood waste” — being used by the mills that create them as a low-carbon energy source are helping to reduce dependance on fossil fuels in Canada’s remote, northern and Indigenous communities.

Indigenous Opportunities & Partnerships

Canada’s forest sector employs approximately 11,600 Indigenous workers, which makes it one of the largest Indigenous employers in the country. There are also 1,400 Indigenous-owned businesses in the forest sector including sawmills, silviculture businesses, and biomass energy facilities. FPAC and its members are committed to facilitating greater Indigenous participation in a thriving Canadian forest sector as it brings significant opportunities to existing and emerging Indigenous-owned businesses and initiatives.

Foresters are our first line of defense in the fight against climate change.

Canada’s Registered Professional Foresters (RPFs) play a critical ‘boots on the ground’ role in monitoring and managing our forests. With worsening wildfire and forest pest outbreaks, forest management is the best tool we have to adapt forests and build resiliency, while supporting the green, well-paying jobs that support families, sustain communities, and accelerate Canada’s move towards a growing, green economy.

Communities & Indigenous Partnerships Resources

ReportS
Innovative, Sustainable, Resilient: Forest Products Association Of Canada Recommendations From Canada’s Forest Sector To Drive Economic Recovery and A Net-Zero Carbon Future
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Canadian Forest Products: Contributing To Climate Change Solutions
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Conversation and Collaboration: Building the Future Canadian Forest Products Sector with Aboriginal talent
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Suggested Content
July 15, 2021
Canadas Forest Sector Announces Winners of Annual Green Dream Internship Program
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Green Dream Internship Program. Winners will blog about their work experiences in Canada’s forests and mills over the course of the summer. 
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November 4, 2020
Partnering for Success - The Annual Industrial Consumption and Energy (ICE) Survey
FPAC and Statistics Canada celebrate five year partnership, collecting energy efficiency data in the the forest sector, supporting a low carbon economy
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November 3, 2020
Canada's Forest Sector Key To Canada's Economic Recovery
FPAC shares several ideas to secure a sustainable working forest for workers and communities, and to improve market access opportunities for Canadian wood-based products and bio-products
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September 28, 2020
FPAC Announces Sponsorship of Epping-Weagle Mixed Doubles Curling Team
The Forest Products Association of Canada announces sponsorship of Canadian curlers John Epping and Lisa Weagle
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The Facts

The biofuels being generated by wood waste are helping to reduce dependance on fossil fuels in Canada’s remote, northern and Indigenous communities.
Canada’s forest sector employs approximately 11,600 Indigenous workers, which makes it one of the largest Indigenous employers in the country
There are over 1,400 Indigenous-owned businesses in the forest sector
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Forests are complex ecosystems and they need to be monitored and taken care of – even more so when we consider their carbon-capture potential and the critical role they will play in defining our greener future. Our sector is ready to rise to that challenge. Join our community today to get updates on what you can do to support a growing, green economy, and a more inclusive, sustainable future for Canada.

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