Creating meaningful, engaged partnerships based on respect and commitment. We strive to be the driving force behind our communities’ continued advancement and success.
At Our Core
At Meraki, community is the heart of our business. From day one, we’ve acknowledged that our work impacts communities throughout the province, especially those reliant on the natural resources around them. That’s why our approach is one that places the wellbeing of local and Indigenous communities at the centre through collaboration and partnership. We believe that success is defined by the health and long-term sustainability of our partners, and we make promises to uphold these community focused values in everything that we do.
We will build and maintain strong and respectful relationships with the communities, Nations, and people that we work with. Our partnerships are founded on trust, accountability, and transparency.
We will work collaboratively with local communities to realize the value and benefits from natural resource opportunities through transparent and equitable business relationships. We will support growth in ways that are both safe and sustainable.
We commit to investing in the communities that we work with by supporting local initiatives and events, and promoting positive impacts to the communities we operate in.
Education and Employment
We will work with communities and Nations to build capacity, provide training opportunities, and hire community members. Our goal is to involve Indigenous people in all aspects of our business.
As a provider of comprehensive resource management solutions, we work with Indigenous and local partners in a variety of ways. Our mission is to create value and opportunity that results in positive change and growth for our partners and their communities. Click on the arrow to read more about some of our trusted partnerships and the work we’ve done with them.
District of Fort St. James
Our group of companies has provided forest management, project management, and operational services for the Fort St. James Community Forest since its inception in 2001. Over the course of the last 20 years, we were successful in helping the District of Fort St. James increase the size of its Community Forest from 8,400 cubic meters of sustainable harvest to 33,115 cubic meters. These ongoing operations continue to generate substantial financial and social benefits for the community. We value our close ties with Fort St. James and are committed to its ongoing success and of the people who live there.
Nak’azdli First Nation and the Nak’azdli Development Corporation are partners with KDL Resources on two forest license opportunities in the Mackenzie and Fort St. James forest districts, totaling to 132,500 cubic meters of allowable annual cut. Nak’azdli and KDL have been working on forestry opportunities together since 2017, collaborating on harvesting operations and equipment operation and management. Together, KDL and Nak’azdli have also developed the Forestry Tech Bridging Program which provides training and brings community members into forestry professions. We look forward to an ongoing and positive relationship with Nak’azdli Whut’en.
Yekooche First Nation
Yekooche and KDL ratified their Co-Management and Partnership Agreement in 2019. The Yekooche First Nations Woodlands Tenure has an Allowable Annual Cut of 39,667 cubic meters within the core territory of the Nation which is an important part of the YFN economic development strategy. Yekooche members and leadership are actively involved in the management and governance of this partnership and license. Together, we continue to move forward and make progress on Yekooche’s forestry business.
Binche Whut’en and the Binche Keyoh Development Corporation have partnered with K&D Logging to form Nukene Contracting, which focuses on Forest Sector opportunities and works in road maintenance and earthworks with a grader. Meraki proudly participates with Binche as the largest sponsor of the Binche Fishing Derby; we applaud Binche for building this event into what it is today.
Tsay Keh Dene
Tsay Keh Dene and Chu Cho Forestry have had an ongoing and successful forestry partnership with our organization since 2014. The team collaborates on a wide range of forestry opportunities in the Mackenzie Forest District, often in excess of 200,000 cubic meters per year. We are excited to continue working with Tsay Keh and Chu Cho Forestry as they grow and increase their activities while pursuing opportunities in the Territory.
Wet’suwet’en First Nation
The Yinka Dene Economic Development Corporation and Meraki have partnerships on a range of opportunities spanning forestry, civil construction, and professional services. We are in the final steps of creating Sus Cho Resources LP, a partnership that will pursue forestry opportunities for WFN. We are inspired by YLP’s desire to increase economic prosperity and employment opportunities for their members and we look forward to a bright future working together.
Read the latest stories about our community partnerships. A key part of Meraki’s mission and core values is to be active, involved members in our communities. Discover how we’re collaborating to foster sustainable economic growth in our communities.
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Mutual respect and understanding are just some of the core principles we follow when working with our First Nations partners. Learn more about the specific Indigenous commitments and initiatives here at Meraki.