Yunesit’in Government is actively involved in building a sustainable community. Yunesit’in Development Enterprise (YDE) carries out many of the activities. Activities in generating local wealth include:
Yunesit’in is near fully constructing three 90X40 Greenhouses with the purpose of selling produce to the local market. Construction will be complete at the end of October (2017) and there is eagerness to begin growing vegetables year round. It is anticipated that the Greenhouses will produce a variety of vegetables, specifically lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers.
“Yunesit’in Forest to Frame” began in 2016 as a collaborative project with Tolko participating in the Indigenous Forestry Initiative (Natural Resources Canada) to develop a Business Plan. Ecotrust Canada took the role of coordinating and developing the Business Plan for value added products. The intent is to selectively harvest oversize fir and develop marketable products, primarily as homes and construction within Yunesit’in. To date, a woodmizer (portable mill) is purchased, trainees are harnessing their skills as sawyers, and momentum is taking place to develop houses utilizing local resources and labour.
YDE trains firefighters every spring and organizes several 5-man packs. In the recent 2017 wildfires, YDE had 4 5-man packs firefighting for the majority of the summer. Additional crews were assembled under the Ministry for mop up activities.
YDE is equipped to perform fencing contracts. The YDE crew has over 3 years experience within the Chilcotin.
YDE is experienced in conducting silviculture activities to improve forest health.
YDE possesses two operational skidders and utilizes them in small-scale harvest opportunities close to the community.