Siska: Non-timber Forest Products
Setting new heights for the Non-Timber Forest Products industry all over BC, Canada and the world!
Siska: Non-timber Forest Products
Siska is proudly located in Nlaka’pamux Territory in the bountiful Fraser Canyon region of the southern interior of BC. Traditionally, Siska was dependent on fishing, hunting and gathering for not only nutritional sustenance but to sustain their peoples existence. In 2002, the community would found formally establish the Siska Traditions Society, to collect, process, promote, and sell traditional food products. Since then it has been setting new heights for the Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) industry all over BC, Canada and the world. The Siska Traditions Society strives to meet the goals of the Siska people by promoting traditional values, developing socio-economic opportunities, and protecting Siska Aboriginal rights.
Siska Traditions Promoting Traditional Values
The Siska Traditions Society develops natural products purely from the earth based on traditional food and medicinal plants. This initiative is as an alternative to logging and other resource extraction uses on their traditional territory. This type of commodity, coming purely from the earth, is both sustainable and traditional and is referred to as Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP). Siska’s NTFP initiative takes place as a non-profit community driven organization focusing on linking culture, language and community economic diversity.
The Siksa Traditions’s Non-Timber Forest products include, arnica oil (used for soothing aches, bruises and pains), healing salve (used for muscle pain and aches), jams, jellies and teas. Visiting eco tourists and locals are always happy to hear of the local jam begin sold.
And right now Siska is even offering that opportunity to you!
To purchase and enjoy any Siska NTFP Product visit the new FNBC Market Place here.
Siska Traditions Developing Socio-Economic Opportunities
In August of 2009, INAC Minister, Chuck Strahl announced the support and funding of the Siska Traditions Society on behalf of the Ministry of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages’ Gateway Fund. The Gateway Fund was created to promote quality Canadian cultural content online and to engage Canadians in sharing their perspective on Canadian events, people, and values. The funding was awarded to support the Siska Traditions Society in helping them create the Indigenous Food Systems Network .
The Siska Traditions Society was also recently featured in an article titled “Battling Diabetes and Obesity with Economic Development.” Here, the NTFP initiative is being praised for its possibilities and advances in health and economic development. To view the article and gain ideas on reasons why a Non-Timber Forest Products initiative may suit your community click here.
Siska Traditions Protecting Aboriginal rights
The Siska passion for sustainability blends with science in the “Berry Project.” A project where scientists experimented with research to identify effective treatments for the restoration of traditional berry crops within the traditional territory of the Siska Band. All Siska Traditions’ products are of the highest quality. Through their own Harvester Certification Program that ensures food safety and sustainability, the customer is guaranteed a healthy, natural product that Siska members use themselves in daily life.