Tembec’s engagement approach is based on the desire to work collaboratively with groups and individuals that have rights and interests on forest lands on which Tembec operates and who live in proximity to our facilities.
Tembec's approach goes through dialogue and collaboration
Across Tembec forestry operations in Canada, Tembec and its business partners are actively committed to engaging external parties in the management of public forests. Regulatory processes in Canada require public consultation in the development of long term forest management plans for public lands. In addition to the appropriate regulatory authorities, the following types of interested parties are routinely involved in the development and review of forest management plans:
- Municipalities and the general public
- Environmental organizations
- Hunting and fishing enthusiasts including owners of hunting camps - and other facilities for personal use
- Motorized and non-motorized recreationalists including snowmobile clubs, canoeists, campers, all terrain vehicle users, organized and unorganized clubs
- Remote and other tourism-based business owners
- Primary and secondary forest products companies
- Other natural resource companies
- Contractors and business owners
- Labour unions
- Fur trappers
- Other resource users
- Other civil society clubs and groups.
Stakeholder groups such as those above are expressly sought for involvement in forest management planning because their interest or business could be impacted or affected by forest management (i.e. timber harvesting, silviculture, road construction) in the forest. Stakeholder participation is not limited by interested party or geographic location in terms of access to information. All parties are provided with the opportunity to review and comment on forestry plans in person or electronically. Where ad hoc or permanent standing committees of citizens or local advisory bodies are struck, membership is defined to ensure diverse and adequate representation of interested parties.
If you have any comments on Tembec’s forest management, please visit the contact section to address your concerns to the person in charge in your area.
Engagement with Aboriginal People
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Tembec recognizes the historical and ongoing traditional uses of lands by First Nation and Métis communities on or near Tembec’s forestry operations. Based on the importance of stewardship, access and use of these lands by both the company and Aboriginal People, Tembec supports the development of long-term relationships that are beneficial to Aboriginal communities, the company and the public. Through joint engagement, Tembec and communities discuss the specific social, environmental and economic interests of each community on whose traditional territory the company operates. A strong foundation for mutually beneficial relationships involves a good understanding of the community’s historical and contemporary stewardship of forest lands and a shared knowledge of special sites requiring protection during forestry operations. Where desired and depending on the interests of the parties, engagement is formalized through the signing of protocols, relationship agreements, and business contracts.