FIRST NATIONS WILDCRAFTERS, BC specializing in cultural resources and other value added forest products and services
awards we have received are:
The Mid-Island Science Technology and Innovation Council’s 2011 Agrifood Business of the Year Award. The Agri-foods category for the MISTIC Award was sponsored by the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance.
The Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation’s 2011 Best Environmental and Sustainable Business of the Year Award.
The Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation's 2007 Best Cultural Business of the Year Award.
The NEDC Best Environmental and Sustainable Business and Best Cultural Business of the Year Awards are especially important to us as the responsible and ethical aspects of forest management go to the core of what we attempt to accomplish for the next generations.
Ethical harvesting and forest management planning and operations with our next generations as the priority are essential for the next era of wild foods and other forest resources as economic opportunities. This recognition within the Nuu-chah-nulth community of our work in the field of forest management and economic development that includes cultural, medicinal, spiritual and other traditional uses is both humbling and inspiring.
It has been very challenging to work towards legitimizing the wild harvested foods sector. It has also been very challenging in moving towards having non- timber values management accepted as legitimate forest practice that is respectful of First Nations needs and rights and title interests. It has taken many people working towards solutions for this step we are now at to have happened.
These awards are recognition that traditional knowledge and values based businesses are a legitimate sector within the agrifood industry and forest management that are culturally appropriate within First Nations communities and that meet industry leading highest standards for innovation, quality assurance and ethical forestry management.
First Nations Wildcrafters, BC would like to share with all of you our deepest and most sincere gratitude to our colleagues, customers, family and community for helping make all of these business of the year awards possible.
Thank you MISTIC and NEDC for the awesome recognition you have given to our efforts.