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Why sustainable forestry?

Our goals are to leave a legacy of healthy lands for the benefit of all people.


Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island have been stewards of the lands for thousands of years since time immemorial.

With direction from its three owner First Nations, Wahkohtowin is advancing a host of local and regional initiatives to elevate Indigenous leadership within forestry, conservation, and climate action.

Our approach to sustainable forestry prioritizes the well-being of the forest ecosystem and its species, while also supporting the livelihoods and cultural practices of the Indigenous peoples who depend on our Lands.


As we collectively achieve greater access to resources within our Traditional Territories, it is our duty to find balance between conservation and the use of forest resources for the benefit of both the forest and the communities that rely on it.


The forest is not just a resource to be harvested, it's a living, breathing organism that must be respected and nurtured for future generations.


It is complex and dynamic ecosystems requiring careful management to maintain their health and productivity. 


The decisions and actions we take today must account for the impact they will have not only on the present generation, but on the next seven generations as well. This long-term outlook acknowledges that the effects of forestry practices can last for many years, and that it is essential to consider not only immediate needs, but also the well-being of future generations. Our approach is integrated across; 

  • Youth empowerment and engagement in land-based learning to carry our Culture forward.

  • Innovation in programs and projects that promote sustainability, and align our values with climate action. 

  • Economic prosperity and opportunities for circular conservation economy development.

  • Advancing our efforts and voice in the accessing resources and the stewardship of our Lands.

  • Revitalizes and rekindles our connectedness with our People, Lands, and Culture.


We work with
our Nations to deliver opportunity

Together, we identify, develop, and manage projects and programs that align strategic community needs, land stewardship, culture and practices, with innovative resource development. Learn more about our initiatives below, or get in touch.

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We are
stewards of 7M  hectares of land

Northeast Superior is home to sections of the vast boreal forest in Canada. With the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve, Gordon Cosens, Romeo Malette, and Martel Forests to name a few. These are our shared Traditional Territories.

Our Communities have deep cultural, spiritual, and historical connections to the land and its resources.

Having stewarded the land in this region for thousands of years, we rely on hunting, fishing, and gathering to sustain our Communities.


Our shared Traditional Territories are rich in natural resources, including forests, lakes, and rivers. These resources continue to play a critical role in the cultural, spiritual, and economic well-being of our communities.

We understand that industry, forestry, food-gathering, and cultural events are all part of our future. For each to thrive, it takes planning with provincial and federal governments, our collective voice, and participation from all of our People.  

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We've compiled useful resources for Communities looking to participate in sustainable forestry, including an investigation of how the concept of Indigenous Cultural Landscapes could be integrated into FSC Canada's National Forest Stewardship Standard. This report details a case study of participating Communities in FSC Certification.


Our People
and Lands have stories to tell

We have been stewards of our lands and waters for thousands of years. Today, we find richness and vibrance through innovation for a conservation economy, the revitalization of our culture and practices, and rekindling our relationship with our Land.


Join our conversation, and share in our collaborative approach to ensure sustainability and harmony within our lands, our people, and our livelihoods for future generations.

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