With partial financing from Ecotrust Canada Capital, Jeh Jiem Contracting, a native-owned logging company, has bought a 1999 Hitachi log loader, its first large capital equipment purchase. The company, founded in 2002 by Sliammon First Nation members, has about 10 employees logging near Powell River.

“My vision for Jeh Jiem is to invoke an entrepreneurial spirit in Sliammon through the success of this business venture. Training and employment is the key to self-determination,” says Marlane Christensen, president of Jeh Jiem.

The other key to success is capital. “We were so fortunate to work with Ecotrust Canada Capital and their credit manager Bill Girard, who came up with a creative solution to finance Jeh Jiem at a challenging point in the company's history,” she says.

Jeh Jiem, which means “stand of trees” in the Sliammon dialect of Coast Salish, logs on public and private forestlands. It currently holds contracts with Northwest Hardwood and Island Timberlands.