The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs and representatives of Port Hawkesbury Paper LP have come together recently to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – the first step in securing long-term benefits for the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia.

The MOU is a commitment between the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia and Port Hawkesbury Paper to work together and develop a Socio-economic Benefits Agreement and an Environmental Agreement, ensuring meaningful Mi’kmaq participation in forestry operations and the paper mill.

“We are confident that the positive working relationship that we have developed with the Mi’kmaq during the discussions which led to the signing of this MOU will grow and enable us to reach our goal of creating good job opportunities, at the mill and in forestry, for the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia”, stated Marc Dube, Development Manager at Port Hawkesbury Paper.

Port Hawkesbury Paper is committed to the goal of providing long term sustainability and natural biodiversity for many ecological, social and cultural values while providing a stable and long-term wood supply and economic viability for the company, local wood suppliers and sawmills. The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs shares focus on the conservation of the lands and waters that have been traditionally used since time immemorial.

“This agreement demonstrates a real commitment to Mi’kmaq and to all of Nova Scotia,” said Chief Terrance Paul, Co-Chair of the Ass ...

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