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  • 10 Oct 2018

    This issue of Newsletter Issue 1, 2018 is available to our Members of FNFC. Join us! 


    International Aboriginal Youth Internship Takes Off!

    BC First Nations Forestry Council (FNFC) in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, Stratosphere International, and Fair Trade Uganda are sending five Indigenous interns to participate in our International Aboriginal Youth Internship (IAYI) in Uganda starting this Fall 2018.

    FNFC spent three days in July with Indigenous interns from BC, Alberta, and Northwest Territories to address expectations, topics related to culture shock and cultural identities. The interns attended a number of activities, including the Talking Trees tour in Stanley Park, led by Candace Campo of Taylaysay Tours who will be joining the attendees in Uganda and
    providing valuable mentorship later this year. The participating Indigenous youth will be departing to Uganda on September 19th, 2018.

    The internship program will run from 2018 to 2022 for First Nations and Metis students of 19-30 years of age. The internship program provides them with opportunities to participate in sustainable forestry in Indigenous communities abroad.

    Participating Indigenous youth are gaining valuable skills in a wide range of disciplines, including community development, forest stewardship and sustainability, as well as exposure to other Indigenous cultures.

    2018 is the first of four years of the program will be connecting Canadian Aboriginal Youth with Indigenous Ugandans, enriching them with unique experiences and an opportunity to learn and bring new skills and insights back to their home communities.

    The planned return for the current cohort of interns is January 28th, 2019.

    The IAYI program for next year, the 2019 cohort, is now open for applications. To apply and learn more about this program, as well as other job and training opportunities, visit our First Nations Jobs & Training page. 

  • 18 Sep 2018

    Provincial Forum Meetings Postponed


    BC First Nations Forestry Council recently completed seven (7) regional engagement workshops with the Province to gather input from our Nations toward the development of a revised BC First Nations Forest Strategy. 


    Upon completion of the Engagement Summary Report of these meetings, the Forestry Council and BC have concluded that it is necessary to postpone the provincial forums until such time as the Province is able to commit the resources needed to implement a revised BC First Nations Forest Strategy that recognizes First Nations as governments and full partners in the forest sector.


    We all agree that increased revenue sharing and tenure allocation for our communities are critical to moving forward with the strategy.


    Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause on such short notice.  Please contact us should you have any questions or concerns.



    First Nations-Only Workshops Scheduled for October/November 2018


    We are now scheduling First Nations-only Workshops to be held in October/November 2018, after the upcoming First Nations leadership meetings. These meetings will allow us to gather, review and discuss the findings of the 2018 Engagement Sessions Summary Report and how to best apply them toward the revised BC First Nations Forest Strategy.