Waaykaash Timber works on the ancestral, unceded, and traditional territory of the Nuchatlaht First Nation. We proudly support their salvage method of logging as opposed to clearcutting – a harmful and destructive practice. Salvage method is a practice that not only creates jobs in our community but preserves and sustains what remains of our natural forests. We also value how their team is responsive, highly professional, and sets a strong standard of safety.
Waaykaash Timber Ltd. is a 100% Indigenous-owned sustainable forestry company operating on Vancouver Island’s West Coast. The company was founded by father-and-son team Jordan and Erick Michael, members of the Nuchatlaht Tribe. Waaykaash specializes in salvage logging, harvesting wind-fallen old-growth western red cedar from forests in Nuchatlaht traditional territory.
The Michaels are proud to be leaders in the economic revitalization of their community, providing local employment while upholding the traditional Indigenous teaching of hishukish tsa’walk —the principal that everything is interconnected, which call on us to take only what we need.
Two questions are at the heart of Waaykaash Timber’s origin story: How to create a thriving forestry company that leaves the majestic coastal forest intact? And how to kick start economic revitalization for a small Indigenous community?