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OUR COMMITMENT

We are committed to developing and maintaining positive relationships with indigenous communities wherever we operate. We work cooperatively with governments, including those of indigenous communities. Whether or not agreement on all matters is possible, we strive for proactive collaboration and mutual understanding. 

Additionally, we strive to balance the interests of indigenous people with other social interests when evaluating the effect of any particular decision. We support having systems in place to address issues of capacity and provide for the fair, transparent resolution of disputes.

For example, in Canada, where we are a steward of public land, we work to support and sustain the role of indigenous peoples, including:

  • Contractual relationships for timber harvesting, forest silviculture, infrastructure development and the supply of other goods and services.
  • Employment opportunities.
  • Involvement with and donations to Aboriginal initiatives.
  • Support for education to help develop employment skills.
  • Mutual sharing of information and goals.

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PARTNERING WITH OTHERS

We're also a member of the Forest Products Association of Canada, which works to strengthen Aboriginal participation in Canada's forest sector through economic-development initiatives and business investments, strong environmental stewardship and the creation of skill-development opportunities, particularly targeted to First Nations youth.

We work with key contractors and suppliers to develop awareness around respectful workplace behavior and encourage them to ensure their workforces reflect the communities where they operate. Our policies address best practices for forest products companies' relationships with indigenous people, including:

  • Participation and dialogue: Forest operations should ensure there has been meaningful dialogue with local indigenous communities with the objective of fostering participation in forestry activities. 
  • Respect for the rights of indigenous people: The needs and perspectives of indigenous peoples are relevant to many of our management and business decisions, including the use of public land and resources.
  • Capacity building: Forest operations should build the capacity of indigenous peoples to work in the industry sector and enhance the value of local resources through fair, equitable and mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Cultural identity: Forest operations should understand and acknowledge indigenous cultures, heritages and traditions and promote traditional knowledge and practices.
  • Just and fair dispute resolution: Forest operations should ensure there are systems in place to resolve conflicts through just and fair procedures.

Here are some additional examples of how we are partnering with Indigenous communities:

  • In Grande Prairie, we are currently working with two local indigenous communities (Horse Lake First Nation and the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation in Grande Cache) to identify, validate and catalogue important cultural and traditional knowledge. Weyerhaeuser is providing financial and in-kind support for these multi-year, multi-value projects that will foster and promote good communication and cooperative efforts.
  • Weyerhaeuser is one of the funding partners in a multi-year program that provides training for indigenous youth. The Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) is a national program that provides work experience and training for indigenous youth to prepare them for employment in the forest sector.  

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