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Indigenous involvement in the forest sector

Smilng forest worker

Why we measure this

The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to promoting the use of provincial forest resources in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner. Indigenous involvement is critical to the success of the forestry sector in Saskatchewan.

Northern Saskatchewan contains a significant population of Indigenous people. The largest industries in the region are forestry and mining. Saskatchewan has several large and small Indigenous forestry businesses that are major employers of Indigenous people in northern Saskatchewan.

What is happening

What's happening - Indigenous involvement

Indigenous people represent approximately 30 per cent of the forestry sector workforce in Saskatchewan, which is by far the largest of any province.

Indigenous employment in the forest sector

What we are doing

The annual allowable cut allocated to Indigenous businesses is one indicator of the level of economic involvement and benefits derived from the forestry sector by Indigenous people. NorSask Forest Products, located in Meadow Lake, is the largest First Nations-owned and operated sawmill in Canada.

Annual allowable cut allocated to Indigenous businesses