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
Indigenous people represent approximately 27 per cent of the forestry sector workforce in Saskatchewan, which is by far the largest of any province.
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. NorSask Forest Products, located in Meadow Lake, is the largest First Nations-owned and operated sawmill in Canada. Indigenous allocations dropped slightly from 2019 to 2020 because the annual allowable cut (AAC) declined during the same period due to major forest fires, which disproportionately impacted certain Indigenous allocation holders.