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September 28, 2022
The Indigenous Resource Network (IRN) is a recipient of the Forest Products Association of Canada’s (FPAC) Partnership Award.
“What it means to the IRN is recognition (that) we’re on the right track and we’re doing the good work that we set out to do,” said Robert Merasty, who was appointed as executive director of IRN last February. “It solidifies our mandate and really just encourages us to do more…It encourages us to do more important work in sector development.”
Work undertaken by IRN included standing with FPAC against New York and California as they “were attacking our Canadian boreal forest products,” said Merasty.
Last year, both states introduced legislation to protect intact forests as a cost-effective measure to combat global climate. The legislation also pushed for “guaranteed” free, prior and informed consent from Indigenous communities before deforestation took place.
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