Cumberland Wood Products and Prince Albert Pulp recently signed a letter of agreement. The document discusses the approaches that all parties will take to establish a collaborative relationship with each other in Saskatchewan.
“Cumberland House Cree Nation is pleased to recognize the working relationship with Prince Albert Pulp and Cumberland Wood Products and their efforts to support the re-opening of the Prince Albert plant,” said Chief Rene Chaboyer of the Cree Nation of Cumberland House. “We welcome our partnership. in supporting fiber sourcing and operations that lead to our mutual benefit; guided by an ecosystem-based management plan for the Saskatchewan River Delta and the sustainable use of its resources.
“This is a key step in building our relationship with Cumberland House Cree Nation and we are pleased to be on this path together,” said Carlo Dal Monte, Vice President of Energy. and business development at Paper Excellence. “We are beginning important work with our valued downstream neighbors focused on environmental stewardship and industrial opportunities related to the restart of the Prince Albert plant. »
Paper Excellence is working to restart its Prince Albert mill. He recently obtained a Vital Fiber Sourcing Allowance from the provincial government. The company also operates another plant in Saskatchewan at Meadow Lake.
“The signing of this Letter of Understanding signals our desire to continue to build relationships with Aboriginal people in the province,” added Dal Monte.
The letter’s signature aligns with one of the 20 Actions for 2030 in Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan: “Increase Indigenous participation in the economy through growth of natural resource industries and labor market development from Saskatchewan.