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Our Work with First Nations

Tree Canada believes in honouring the values of the truth and reconciliation commission and have been proud collaborators with First Nation communities and their tree plantings projects since our beginnings in 1992. Together, we build healthier communities and share a love and respect for natural spaces.  We look forward to creating new relationships with First Nation communities and growing better places to live

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Mass Planting in Kamloops, BC.

This project consisted of reforesting two distinct areas on IR #1, adjacent to the city of Kamloops.  The Reserve was burned by wildfire in 2003, and has been attacked by Mountain Pine Beetle since 1995.  Some aspen ingress has occurred. There are large tracks of land that are no longer forest habitat areas or are underproducing poor quality deciduous instead of the higher value conifers that originally grew here.  This project was aimed at alleviating some of the losses to fire, pests, and reduced site productivity due to aspen ingress.  

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CN Rail Reforestation of Chingee Family’s Traditional Territory, Prince George, BC.

This project was to reforest an area North of Augustine Lake that was devastated by Mountain Pine beetle where the dead lodge pole pine trees had been removed. The area is part of the Chingee Family’s Tradtional Territory and it borders Augustine Lake. The project reforested 58.7 hectares of land with Spruce, Lodgepole Pine and Interior Douglas Fir. The project included a Tree Planting Ceremony to honour the sponsors, CN  Rail and Tree Canada. 

The Snuneymuxw Youth Center Project, Nanaimo BC

Different trees, including Western Red Cedar, Ornamental Plum and Bloodgood Maple, were planted around the Town Reserve in Nanaimo, BC with the goal of school yard greening and park beautification. The event took place on two different locations, the first one located at 474 Centre Street and the other located at 1145 Totem Road. This project was used as a learning tool for the SFN school students between the grades of 1-3. Approximatly 20 students attended the event along with their teachers as well as 29 community volunteers. The trees that were planted will provide  privacy as well as  green space and habitats for birds and other small animals. Songs, oral teachings and traditional stories were thought to the students and volunteers around to teach the importance of trees and the roles they play in their culture.

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Huron-Wendat Nation Council of Wendake (QC)

The June 6 event took place in three separate locations: Max Gros-Louis Street, Wellie Picard Street and des Loutres Street. The planting was being done to naturalize urban areas. On that day, 25 mature trees were planted in the residential area. One tree was also planted for every four houses, three trees were planted at the south entrance to the industrial zone to serve as a vegetated barrier, and one tree was planted on 72 lots – 36 sugar maples and 36 red oaks – to create a treed alley for residents and tourists. The participants also learned about tree preservation and protection. Almost 80 people attended the event, including citizens and students.

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Innus Essipit First Nation (QC)

The Innus Essipit First Nation created this project to develop the public park located at the center of the community. The project let the residents plant one tree on their property, taught them about the benefits of trees for the environment, and revitalized the entrance to the community where a sign is posted to welcome visitors, while making the landscape more attractive. Various species were planted, including Scotch pine, black cedar, crabapple tree, white birch, bur oak, etc. Twenty persons participated in this project and 85 persons attended the park opening. The community partners represented the sectors of education and culture, communications, technical services and the Secretariat, and students and elders were also part of the event.