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.
What we are doing
The annual allowable cut allocated to Indigenous businesses indicates the level of economic involvement and benefits derived from the forestry sector by Indigenous people. Two of the five major sawmills in Saskatchewan (NorSask Forest Products and L&M Wood Products) are owned and operated by Indigenous companies. NorSask Forest Products, located in Meadow Lake, is the largest First Nations-owned sawmill in Canada.
Indigenous people comprise approximately 31 per cent of the forest sector workforce in Saskatchewan, compared to four per cent across Canada.
Why it matters
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 and is a major employer of Indigenous people in northern Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan has the highest level of Indigenous forestry employment in Canada.