During the next four years, First Nations communities could use in excess of $154 million in wood products for on-reserve housing and non-residential building projects. Application of First Nations wood products directly into these projects could generate upwards of 300 full-time skilled on-reserve jobs and a significant economic impact for the communities.
Across Canada, First Nations have gained momentum in securing forest resource tenure and are well poised to address this opportunity. Central to accessing these markets is the capacity of First Nations forest products producers to participate in and successfully win tenders.
First Nations communities can positively improve the cost and performance of their building systems through the increased use of wood products, simultaneously supporting Aboriginal economic development by using First Nations forest products.