CLFN, Lecours Lumber to continue negotiations
After a press release last week by Lecours Lumber stating the company would have to close its facilities on the Constance Lake First Nation reserve, news surfaced today of a new agreement to continue negotiations in an attempt to salvage the operation.
Following a meeting held this morning in Hearst, Lecours Lumber and Constance Lake First Nation have reached an agreement that will begin to resolve outstanding lease negotiations.
Both sides have agreed to the following:
- Constance Lake First Nation will pass a Band Council Resolution tomorrow morning to put on hold the current eviction notice.
- The parties have agreed to a process to resolve outstanding issues on or before January 16th 2013
- Both Parties have demanded that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, "formally known as INAC" be at the table for all further discussions.
- Lecours Lumber has recalled all workers and will resume operations today.
Constance Lake First Nation Acting Chief Fred Saskaney says this will allow us to finalize a fair lease arrangement.
“Our First Nation community is looking forward to meaningful negotiations with Lecours Lumber. And we also look forward to having a representative from Aboriginal Affairs at the table,” he commented.
Lecours Lumber President Ben Lecours said he is pleased with the progress achieved this morning and looks forward to the mill resuming operations today.