CALGARY—Steel River Group is partnering with Trans-Pacific Trading (TRAPA), a full-service forest products sales, marketing and manufacturing company, to develop capacity-building opportunities for Indigenous communities.
Through this new alliance the group will work to boost economic opportunities within the wood products sector for Indigenous communities and companies, including ownership in forestry related assets.
“This is an exciting partnership for Steel River Group, with incredible economic potential for Indigenous nations and groups,” said Trent Fequet, founder and CEO of Steel River Group, in a press release. “There is a deep alignment between Steel River Group and TRAPA. Together, we see an immediate opportunity to create equitable relationships with Indigenous nations and groups that will build capacity and strengthen competency, supporting these communities to achieve sustainable growth.”
Through the partnership TRAPA will provide employment and training opportunities for Indigenous people in the wood products sector. TRAPA stated it has experience working with Indigenous communities, having collaborated on other similar projects.
“We’re thrilled to join Steel River Group in this important work,” said Jim Tyrer, president of TRAPA. “This alliance is a natural fit for our company and an example of our long-term commitment to partnering with Indigenous communities in both business and workforce development.”