Malahat and Nanaimo, BC: Malahat Nation and TimberWest Forest Corp. renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that reaffirms both parties to their commitment to partner on cultural, environmental and economic opportunities around existing initiatives and future forestry operations.

“Working with the Malahat Nation over the past four years on conservation initiatives and mutual business opportunities, has led to a number of positive projects and outcomes,” says Jeff Zweig, President and CEO of TimberWest. “The renewal of our MOU signifies the strength of our relationship and the good work we have accomplished. We look forward to deepening this relationship over the next several years.”

The renewal of the MoU recommits both parties to sharing knowledge and expertise on sustainable forest management, and foster open dialogue on cultural and environmental objectives in forestry business practices.

“Malahat Nation has a long-term vision to work in collaboration with businesses who respect our cultural practices, and support our vision for a sustainable future,” says Renee Racette, CEO of the Malahat Nation Economic Development Authority. “TimberWest has proven over the last decade that it understands the importance of honest dialogue and collaborative approaches in conducting business, and we are confident that our future projects will continue to materialize good works.”

Photo: Renee Racette, CEO of the Malahat Nation Economic Development Authority and Jeff Zweig, President & CEO of TimberWest.

Malahat Nation territory includes lands and waters along the southeast coast of Vancouver Island.  The Nation is well along its journey to effective self-governance based on the principles of actively recognizing the past while moving toward the future.  Investment into the Malahat Community and Malahat Membership is a top priority and is taking the form of leadership of several business partnerships as well as forestry operations.

TimberWest is certified to the Progressive Aboriginal Relations program of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. The company is also third-party certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and has been operating on the BC Coast for over 100 years.  TimberWest is a Canadian company owned by two major Canadian public service pension funds.

For More Information:

Shannon Ralfs
Director of Lands
Malahat First Nation
Phone: 250.743.3231

Monica Bailey
Director, Communications
TimberWest Forest Corp.
Phone: 250.716.3744

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