The Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation (NFMC) was established on May 29, 2012 after more than a year of discussions and with the support of a local working group. The group was comprised of representatives from each of the local and First Nations communities within the proposed management area, the existing SFL holders and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Working together, the group shared information and made recommendations to government for the development and establishment of the NFMC. It enabled open communication as well as a strong understanding about the governance and accountability rules and requirements with regards to establishing a Crown agency under the Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act, 2011.
The name “Nawiinginokiima” was recommended by the local working group and is an Ojibway word translated loosely to mean “working together”. It is indicative of the commitment of the participants to collaborate on the implementation and success of the first Ontario Local Forest Management Corporation.
The local working group has continued to provide support following the formal establishment of the NFMC. It has worked closely with the interim Board of Directors, supporting their role in establishing the initial financial/business arrangements and initiating the process for recruiting qualified individuals for the current Board of Directors.