Maximizing mutually beneficial partnerships that build economic capacity is a cornerstone of Alberta-Pacific’s commitment to Aboriginal communities. This includes working with Aboriginal community organizations to identify where the company may support economic and business development initiatives, as well as providing woodlands and pulp contract opportunities to local, Aboriginal-owned businesses.
Bigstone Forestry Inc. and JHL Forestry Inc.
Bigstone Forestry Inc. (BFI) was established via a joint venture between the Bigstone Cree Nation and Alberta-Pacific, and began logging operations near the community of Wabasca in 2000. In 2003, a similar partnership was formalized between the Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation, Heart Lake First Nation and Alberta-Pacific, resulting in the start-up of JHL Forestry Inc. (JHL). From the beginning, each company has maintained a focus on local ownership and community employment.
As independent enterprises, BFI and JHL combined account for approximately one quarter of Alberta-Pacific’s annual timber harvest volume, harvesting upwards of 535,000m3 of timber annually.
Today, each company maintains a strong commitment to their respective communities and continue to provide community investment opportunities, including income, employment and training, and support for local businesses.
Alberta-Pacific provides contract opportunities for local, Aboriginal-owned businesses, both at our millsite and in woodlands operations. This includes logging, reclamation, road construction and maintenance, silviculture and wood yard services.
For more information on contracting opportunities, please contact our Aboriginal Affairs team at 1-800-661-5210.