An Indigenous-led forestry company out of Fort St. James has received $90,000 from the provincial government. Deadwood Innovations, which is a joint venture between the Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation will use the funding to upgrade its pilot-scale manufacturing plant in the community to help enable commercial production. “The Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy Program and its new accelerator stream have positioned our startup to perform commercialization due diligence and engineering with experienced industry professionals. Our technology solves real problems and with support from the Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy program, our mission to transform low-quality fibre into high-value products is relentlessly progressing,” – Owen Miller, president, of Deadwood Innovations Ltd. The new facility is expected to create jobs and reduce the need for slash pile burning, reducing carbon emissions.
See the Government of British Columbia press release: B.C. accelerates support for Indigenous-led forest innovation