CULTIVATING INDIGENOUS PARTNERSHIPS
For more than 10 years, Paper Excellence has worked in partnership with the Meadow Lake Tribal Council through Mistik Management Limited. Our learnings from those long-term relationships have resulted in a real-life understanding of both the successes and challenges in fostering positive business partnerships together with Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Peoples.
Paper Excellence is a proud supporter of the Tony Cote Summer Games held in 2019 at the Flying Dust First Nation in partnership with the City of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. Attracting participation from over 2,500 First Nations youth from 74 Nations, this is the biggest annual event of the summer for Indigenous youth.
Fred Iron, member of the Canoe Lake Cree First Nation, lives in Cole Bay, SK and has worked with Mistik since 2002. Fred started his career as an equipment operator running a line skidder. In 2017, he purchased the business from his boss and in 2020, he bought a new 903M John Deere feller buncher (see photo above). He employs three other local community members and harvests 100,000 m3 annually.
Cal Natomagan from Pinehouse Lake, Saskatchewan, is part of the Industrial Millwright program at the Gabriel Dumont Institute. He has completed three term apprenticeships at Paper Excellence’s Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp.