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We Wai Kai First Nation reaches agreement with Mosaic for timber harvesting

Service and planning agreement covers We Wai Kai territory on Quadra Island, Jackson Bay
We Wai Kai First Nation and Mosaic Forest Management have reached an agreement for planning and harvesting on We Wai Kai territory. Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror

The We Wai Kai First Nation has reached a two-year agreement with Mosaic Forest Management to undertake collaborative planning and timber harvesting within We Wai Kai territory.

The agreement builds on the partnership established in 2022 between Mosaic and Way Key LP, as well as a more recent agreement between We Wai Kai and Mosaic in 2023. The services will take place within We Wai Kai territory on Quadra Island and in Jackson Bay on the mainland.

“We Wai Kai Council has made significant investments in our forestry businesses and in building relationships with licencees that operate in our territory,” said We Wai Kai Chief Ronnie Chickite. “This agreement contributes to our vision of leading and supporting sustainable forest management in our territory. It is an important step in what we hope to be a lasting and comprehensive relationship with Mosaic Forest Management. There is much work still to be done.”

Timber harvesting will be provided by Way Key, a First Nation-owned company employing 14 We Wai Kai band members.

“The timber harvesting services agreement with We Wai Kai is a successful example of Mosaic Forest Management’s efforts to foster Indigenous participation in the forest economy,” said Rob Gough, Mosaic Forest Management’s President and CEO. “We recognize that sharing local knowledge through this agreement is a critical part of sustainable forest management.