FIRST NATIONS WILDCRAFTERS, BC
specializing in cultural resources and other value added forest products and services
Whole Systems Design
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.