Providing Tangible, Transferable, Future-Facing Economic and Skills Development Opportunities for the Tsuut’ina Nation
Why this Project Matters
This project will provide tangible, transferable, future-facing economic and skills development opportunities for members of the Tsuut’ina Nation. The Tsuut’ina Nation will be the sole beneficiary of this project, including all residents and the communities on nation lands. The knowledge and skills developed during this project will provide the foundation for further development and execution of long-term sustainable forest management and community wildfire resiliency objectives, which can then be led by the Tsuut’ina Nation Lands Administration Office and newly skilled crews.
How This Project Will Help Support Economic and Skills Development
The project will require collaboration with the Land Administrative Body, Executive Directors Office, Public Works Division, and the Chief and Council Office; all members of the community will be actively engaged in and informed of the project. The primary governing body overseeing this project, the Land Administration Office, is made up of nine positions held by Indigenous members of the Tsuut’ina community.
The project will directly benefit the Tsuut’ina Nation by facilitating professional forestry skills development, equipment acquisition, forestry crew employment, mitigation of wildfire risk to homes, community assets and infrastructure, development of professional video content for community engagement, and an open house event.
This project’s goals are directly related to the long-range objectives of the Tsuut’ina Nation’s Sustainable Environmental Management Plan. Specifically, the plan’s sustainable forest management and wildfire mitigation pillars. This funding will facilitate training in and execution of proven community wildfire mitigation strategies through ecosystem and vegetation management practices in high-risk areas, within an industry-accepted framework and be completed to industry standards.
The SFI Community Grant Program is supporting this project, which is also leveraging the expertise and skills of two SFI-certified organizations.
This partnership includes the Tsuut’ina Nation, SFI staff, and two SFI-certified organizations.
- Project lead: CCI Group of Companies (SFI-certified organization)
- Tsuut’ina Nation
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative
- Spray Lake Sawmills (SFI-certified organization)
SFI Indigenous Relations
A Guide to Green Jobs in Canada: Voices of Indigenous Professionals
SFI Forest Certification Indigenous Partners
SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples and Families