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1 The Constance Lake FN Forestry Story Presented by: Roger Wesley Amik Logging LP General Manager

2 In the Beginning We have lived in the Mamawmatawa water basin from the beginningWe have lived in the Mamawmatawa water basin from the beginning A vast territory expanding hundreds of square milesA vast territory expanding hundreds of square miles Our nearest neighours pre-contact in all directions were roughly 150-200 miles awayOur nearest neighours pre-contact in all directions were roughly 150-200 miles away We met the first fur trader in the 1750’sWe met the first fur trader in the 1750’s

3 The Territory

4 The Forestry Beginnings We began cutting pulp wood in the 1940’sWe began cutting pulp wood in the 1940’s By the late 1970’s we began running cut-buck- skid operations via a FN entrepreneur, a manual/mechanical operationBy the late 1970’s we began running cut-buck- skid operations via a FN entrepreneur, a manual/mechanical operation In the mid 1980’s a second FN entrepreneur started a mechanical operation but also failedIn the mid 1980’s a second FN entrepreneur started a mechanical operation but also failed Our interest in the forest was always there it just wasn’t been promoted let alone getting heardOur interest in the forest was always there it just wasn’t been promoted let alone getting heard

5 Forestry con’t We began expressing interests in the forest management activities in the mid 1990’sWe began expressing interests in the forest management activities in the mid 1990’s We had seen the forest management tenure evolve from private wood lots, to Forest Management Areas, to Forest Management Agreements, to Sustainable Forest LicensesWe had seen the forest management tenure evolve from private wood lots, to Forest Management Areas, to Forest Management Agreements, to Sustainable Forest Licenses All without our involvement until 1994 when the CFSA underwent an EA assessmentAll without our involvement until 1994 when the CFSA underwent an EA assessment

6 EA Declaration Impacts In 1994 the MNR’s CFSA underwent an EA assessment which identified a bunch of Terms and ConditionsIn 1994 the MNR’s CFSA underwent an EA assessment which identified a bunch of Terms and Conditions Term and Condition #77 was the tool CLFN utilized to get the local industry and ministry’s attentionTerm and Condition #77 was the tool CLFN utilized to get the local industry and ministry’s attention The people and leadership of CLFN organized a 3 day blockade of a local sawmill that opened the door to a new negotiation tableThe people and leadership of CLFN organized a 3 day blockade of a local sawmill that opened the door to a new negotiation table

7 The Negotiations This new negotiation table led to the creation of Mammamattawa Inc, a FN logging company owned by the FN and the 3 local forestry companiesThis new negotiation table led to the creation of Mammamattawa Inc, a FN logging company owned by the FN and the 3 local forestry companies The purpose was to create jobs and create a place for the FN in this industryThe purpose was to create jobs and create a place for the FN in this industry We also began the start of a CO-EXISTENCE AGREEMENT, between the industry, the Crown and the FNWe also began the start of a CO-EXISTENCE AGREEMENT, between the industry, the Crown and the FN

8 Negotiation Benefits Other benefits from the blockade are as follows:Other benefits from the blockade are as follows: –3 seats on every Forest Management Planning team since 1997 –An Ex-officio seat on the Hearst Forest Management Inc. Board of Directors since 2003 with option to full Board Membership at FN request –Quarterly meetings with the Crown to address all resource related developments and issues or concerns

9 Negotiation Benefits con’t Improved communications with industry playersImproved communications with industry players The creation of a trappers engagement protocol prior to block approval is in place and acted upon each and every time a FN trapline is to be impactedThe creation of a trappers engagement protocol prior to block approval is in place and acted upon each and every time a FN trapline is to be impacted New opportunities are brought to the FN attention before further development begins so that the FN interest is addressed in any new opportunityNew opportunities are brought to the FN attention before further development begins so that the FN interest is addressed in any new opportunity

10 Co-Existence Agreement This Co-Existence Agreement is currently in its 12 th draft, negotiated over the past 15 yearsThis Co-Existence Agreement is currently in its 12 th draft, negotiated over the past 15 years Although it is not a signed agreement it has become our corner stone and guide of the relationship all parties had envisioned when we began this processAlthough it is not a signed agreement it has become our corner stone and guide of the relationship all parties had envisioned when we began this process A mutually beneficial economy, one where the FN has a seat and a voice at the management level, and where transparency is paramountA mutually beneficial economy, one where the FN has a seat and a voice at the management level, and where transparency is paramount

11 Further SFL Evolution Since the creation of SFL’s we have witness two more evolutions in forest tenure in Ontario, the move through Coop SFL’s and now the new Enhanced SFL’s initiativeSince the creation of SFL’s we have witness two more evolutions in forest tenure in Ontario, the move through Coop SFL’s and now the new Enhanced SFL’s initiative This new initiative is somewhat very promising but there are still very challenging issues facing the change that is necessaryThis new initiative is somewhat very promising but there are still very challenging issues facing the change that is necessary

12 eSFL Challenges The new eSFL initiative continues to be less pushed due to existing industry players refusing to give up their control of the fibre and decision making authorityThe new eSFL initiative continues to be less pushed due to existing industry players refusing to give up their control of the fibre and decision making authority Crown not exercising its authority because of these pressuresCrown not exercising its authority because of these pressures Financial support is non existent in most cases although some small amounts are made available sporadicallyFinancial support is non existent in most cases although some small amounts are made available sporadically

13 LFMC’s Local Forest Management Corporations are the latest thing being implemented in OntarioLocal Forest Management Corporations are the latest thing being implemented in Ontario The NFMC was created in 2013 on the Big Pic Forest on CLFN southern territories with little to no consultation with the FNThe NFMC was created in 2013 on the Big Pic Forest on CLFN southern territories with little to no consultation with the FN It was deemed to be Ontario’s first pilot that also received huge financial support to get it off the ground and runningIt was deemed to be Ontario’s first pilot that also received huge financial support to get it off the ground and running

14 Kenogami Developments CLFN’s latest interest lay with the Kenogami Forest on our western territoriesCLFN’s latest interest lay with the Kenogami Forest on our western territories A Forest unit that has gone through 3 prior SFL holders and now lies with the CrownA Forest unit that has gone through 3 prior SFL holders and now lies with the Crown Our interests are with owning this eSFL with 6 other First Nation communitesOur interests are with owning this eSFL with 6 other First Nation communites Collectively we created a forest management company to take on a FMP contract for the Kengogami Forest for the CrownCollectively we created a forest management company to take on a FMP contract for the Kengogami Forest for the Crown

15 Kenogami con’t We have demonstrated that we can do the job as all efforts by our FMP company is getting praised by all parties that have dealings with itWe have demonstrated that we can do the job as all efforts by our FMP company is getting praised by all parties that have dealings with it The local industry player however is not seeing things the same wayThe local industry player however is not seeing things the same way The Crown is continuing to be influenced by this industry player to the extent that nothing is being decided upon thus leaving everyone in limbo which in this case is not a good thingThe Crown is continuing to be influenced by this industry player to the extent that nothing is being decided upon thus leaving everyone in limbo which in this case is not a good thing

16 A FN Model eSFL The 7 FN’s are promoted a more diversified model to the region, one that is not so dependant on one player as it is currently set upThe 7 FN’s are promoted a more diversified model to the region, one that is not so dependant on one player as it is currently set up We are also including this existing player a place in this new model, one that is still a high level participant and benefactorWe are also including this existing player a place in this new model, one that is still a high level participant and benefactor We are also trying to attract more capital investment to the region via new and added value product development in this new modelWe are also trying to attract more capital investment to the region via new and added value product development in this new model

17 FN’s con’t We were under the impression that the new eSFL initiative was about improving the forest industry, not protecting the old formatWe were under the impression that the new eSFL initiative was about improving the forest industry, not protecting the old format Although it is a struggle, we are still fully committed to work alongside our fellow FNs to improve our land base and our involvement in the industries that currently operate on our landsAlthough it is a struggle, we are still fully committed to work alongside our fellow FNs to improve our land base and our involvement in the industries that currently operate on our lands

18 Our ELDERS

19 Engagement is the Foundation

20 Amik Logging LP 2006-2014

21 History Amik was established to replace CLFN’s original logging business, Mammamattawa Inc.Amik was established to replace CLFN’s original logging business, Mammamattawa Inc. Mammamattawa Inc. (MI) was an incorporated business owned by CLFN, Lecours, Tembec and ColumbiaMammamattawa Inc. (MI) was an incorporated business owned by CLFN, Lecours, Tembec and Columbia The mandate of MI was to create employment through woodlands activities for CLFN membership and to be profitable to ensure long term survivalThe mandate of MI was to create employment through woodlands activities for CLFN membership and to be profitable to ensure long term survival

22 Amik Logging LP Established February 2006 GP: 2067861 Ontario Inc. LP: CLFN Employs: 9 Full-time/15 Part-time CLFN Seasonal Operators Managed by: BoD & GM Equipment: 3 Feller Bunchers (TigerCat) 2 Grapple Skidders (John Deere) 2 Delimbers (Caterpillar)

23 Amik con’t Amik started as a Cut-Skid-Delimb roadside operationAmik started as a Cut-Skid-Delimb roadside operation Today we have combined operations that are a mixture or cut-skid-delimb to stump-to-dump operationsToday we have combined operations that are a mixture or cut-skid-delimb to stump-to-dump operations Our current list of clients include Lecours, Tembec, Columbia, Adityabirla, O’Haavaldsrud, Georgia Pacific, and Longlac Lumber Inc.Our current list of clients include Lecours, Tembec, Columbia, Adityabirla, O’Haavaldsrud, Georgia Pacific, and Longlac Lumber Inc. We continue looking for clearing contracts in local hydro and mining developmentsWe continue looking for clearing contracts in local hydro and mining developments We are also exploring a biomass delivery contract with a local co-generation energy producerWe are also exploring a biomass delivery contract with a local co-generation energy producer

24 Where it All Begins This is Amik’s 53 foot service trailer/office It houses our field office, our equipment service center, and a generator room It is also our medical emergency control center It is also our Health and Safety Headquarters

25 Cutting con’t Two of the top feller buncher models available in todays industryTwo of the top feller buncher models available in todays industry Amik owns 2 - 870 Tiger Cat Feller Buncher and 1 860 Tiger Cat Feller BuncherAmik owns 2 - 870 Tiger Cat Feller Buncher and 1 860 Tiger Cat Feller Buncher Both machines are valued over $500,000.00 when purchased newBoth machines are valued over $500,000.00 when purchased new

26 Grapple Skidders con’t All Amik’s Grapple Skidders are John Deere, nothing runs like a DeerAll Amik’s Grapple Skidders are John Deere, nothing runs like a Deer They have been proven to be the most dependable, productive, fuel efficient, and balanced machines on the marketThey have been proven to be the most dependable, productive, fuel efficient, and balanced machines on the market Again, we purchased the best equipment availableAgain, we purchased the best equipment available

27 Delimbers con’t Jerry Coaster on his coffee break with President Albert Sutherland having a closer look Jerry half way through a pile These machines are worth over $450,000 when purchased new

28 Cut-Skid-Delimb Roadside This is the end product of Amik’s operations All piles are easily accessible for scaling as seen by picture on the left with scaler scaling in front of truck A lot of work went into the cut-skid-delimb operations including our road construction efforts

29 Roads Construction Presently we have all our roads built by a sub- contractor from Hearst (G. Morin Logging Ltd.) Our sub-contractor has no problems when we put our operators on his equipment provided they are productive and certified

30 Mechanical Support For all mechanical needs Amik employs one full time mechanic and for additional support we call in G. Morin Logging Ltd mechanics and service truckFor all mechanical needs Amik employs one full time mechanic and for additional support we call in G. Morin Logging Ltd mechanics and service truck G.Morin Logging Ltd service truck servicing Amik’s Grapple SkidderG.Morin Logging Ltd service truck servicing Amik’s Grapple Skidder

31 Amik Logging Limited Partnership


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