Forest Act Changes

Forest Act Changes (Bill 22)

Bill 22 allowed for amendments to the province’s Forests Act. The BC First Nations Forestry Council has been working closely with the Province in ensuring First Nations' interests remain at the forefront of any legislative progress.


In 2019: Passed with no First Nations input or involvement

RE: Changes to Forest Policy, Legislation and Regulation – Bill 22

Dear Minister Donaldson,

We continue to have serious concerns regarding ongoing changes to forest policies, legislation and regulation without the involvement or input of First Nations. This includes changes to the Bill 21: Forest and Range Practices Act and Bill 22: Forest Act Amendment.

Under the Commitment Document, Vision and Concrete Actions, we agree to work together to transform laws and policies to facilitate reconciliation and the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration). One of our initial priority areas identified is forestry.

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