Nearly a century ago, some of the First Nations of Ontario’s Northeast Superior Region were removed from their traditional homelands to make way for guide outfitting businesses, large mammal conservation, and timber harvesting.
This summer we painted a vastly different picture of this place: assisting First Nations Guardians in collecting data and reasserting their stewardship interests in the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve. The Northeast Superior Guardian program
teamed First Nations technicians and Elders to gather information and share their knowledge of the land.
It’s all part of a joint project between First Nations, the forest industry, and federal, provincial, and municipal governments to build new economic opportunities
centered on sustainable forest management. From timber to mushrooms, tourism to berries, we’re helping explore the many ways forestland resources can create value for adjacent communities.
Through workshops and negotiations, Ecotrust Canada staff helped diverse groups form an uncommon vision of an alternative forest economy. This year, that vision started to become reality – and we couldn’t be more excited.