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"It will take time and creativity as to how we rebuild ourselves. It is a slow climb out of the trough we've been in for the last three years and to see some prosperity come back to the district," she said. "The key is communication, listening to each other and hearing from each other, developing respect and trust. I think that's where we're heading. The past is past and let's move forward and work in a positive manner together."
"It is an "awesome" program that shows aboriginal youth options for education and training opportunities for the future," she said.
Of particular interest to Weedon are programs to create employment opportunities for aboriginal youth. She referred to the success of the Aboriginal Ranger Program for native youth in Saskatchewan, which she hopes Nike Metcon Gum Bottom
In Saskatchewan, Weedon was involved with Lac La Ronge First Nation in resource planning over the band's Traditional Land Use Area covering 3.5 million hectares. The intention was to involve the First Nation in planning, resource development and job creation.
"MNR's role is to support and guide. (We're) trying to facilitate companies coming into the district, introduce them to First Nations and promote a shared vision of working together for the common goal they're trying to achieve," she said. "(I'm) energized by the work that has happened and is continuing to happen, to move forward at improving our relationship and ability to work together."
"The goal was to provide a balanced plan that supports the economic, social and environmental aspects of that area with members of the Lac La Ronge band, being the Nike Zoom Air Basketball
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Weedon acknowledged the similarities between the Saskatchewan model and ongoing efforts to engage Grassy Narrows First Nation on the Whiskey Jack Forest.
"I see a lot of the process with Lac la Ronge that could be applied to this situation," she said.
The program involves elders to impart traditional values and facilitators to deliver courses ranging from aquatic surveys, forestry, training in equipment, safety procedures, reforestation and plot thinning.
primary focus of the study," she explained. "We looked at keeping the land base areas for trapping separate from forestry. It's similar to Northwestern Ontario as there is also tourism, hunting, recreation as well as a lot of uranium and gold."
Weedon referred to the Miitigoog Ltd. Partnership, representing the First Nations of Wabaseemoong, Ochiichagwe' Babigo Ining and Naotkamegwanning, which holds the Kenora Forest licence as a local success story and model for future collaborations involving government, industry and First Nations.
MNR Kenora district manager Deb Weedon may be new to Kenora, the province and the Ministry of Natural Resources but she brings a wealth of experience to the job with a background in the forest industry, provincial resource planning and facilitating partnerships with First Nations. Weedon arrived in Kenora with her husband and two sons in September. She is looking forward to moving into the family's recently acquired home at Rabbit Lake.
"First Nations jumped at the opportunity as they regarded it as a positive move and I'm delighted to see it happening in the Kenora area. It's positive for everyone involved," she said.
The focus is on planning and preparation and having partnerships in place so the industry will be ready to respond when markets for lumber, pulp and paper bounce back from the economic downturns that have left a regional legacy of lost jobs and Lebron Nike Soldier 9 closed mills.
to introduce here, possibly this summer.
"Part of the role (of MNR) is looking at the way the land is managed and to work closely with the mills, both active and not active, to ensure there's a future for the industry to move forward once the markets improve," she said.
began her career working 10 years as a forester for Miller Western, an Alberta forest products company with holdings in saw mills and pulp and paper operations. From Alberta, Weedon relocated to Saskatchewan where she was employed by the province to work with First Nations in developing business relationships with industry. Resource based companies coming into Saskatchewan are required to partner with First Nations to build successful businesses.
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