Alert Bay – By investing in forest sector technologies, we can provide greener solutions that will tackle climate change and transition toward a low-carbon economy. That is why the Government of Canada is joining the ‘Namgis First Nation in celebrating the successful expansion of operations of the Beaver Cove Chip Plant, now operating as Atli Chip LP. This expansion opens up forestry-related opportunities, businesses, careers and governance within ‘Namgis traditional territories and other communities in the region. The Government of Canada invests in projects to help equip communities with the tools to build greener businesses, create sustainable jobs, and promote further economic opportunities within the sector.
Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced over $1.4 million in funding to Atli Chip LP through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI) program which provides financial support to Indigenous-led economic development projects in Canada’s forest sector. Indigenous Services Canada also supported this project through the Strategic Partnerships Initiative.
The wood chipping facility has the ability to debark and chip larger logs as well as wood chunks, reducing wood waste. It will provide pulp chips to mills on Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, as well as biomass from wood harvested in the ‘Namgis traditional territory and adjacent Forest Resources Licenses.
Atli Chip LP is also working closely with FPInnovations to actively improve the efficiency and capacity of their facility, including the ability to process forest harvest residue feedstocks. The successful due diligence, planning, acquisition and expansion of the facility presents an opportunity to support the long-term sustainability of the natural resources industry.
The government remains committed to fostering meaningful relationships with Indigenous nations, communities and groups while furthering their participation in the forest sector.
“I would like to congratulate the ‘Namgis First Nation on the successful expansion of their sustainable operations at Atli Chip LP. This innovative development will create new opportunities and sustainable jobs while demonstrating Indigenous leadership in the sector. The Government of Canada is pleased to support this important work.” – Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources