First Nations Forest Strategy

First Nations have relied on forest resources for generations. As stewards of their traditional territories, First Nations have a deep and inherent understanding of the waters, plants, animals and soils. The forest is, and has been culturally, economically and environmentally important as a source of food, shelter, tools and medicine, as well as providing materials for art and cultural and spiritual activities. First Nations recognize the significance of, and are directly experiencing, the impacts of climate change. As the original stewards, and with a knowledge that goes back generations, First Nations are key players in the transformation of the forest sector in BC, addressing the economic, social, and environmental challenges of managing forest lands and resources.

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 Draft BC First Nations Forest Strategy

The Draft BC First Nations Forest Strategy (the Strategy) acknowledges the cultural, ecological, economic, and social relationship between First Nations and the forests within their traditional territories. The Draft Strategy is a collaborative effort with the province and First Nations that is intended to increase the participation of First Nations in the governance and stewardship of forests lands and resources, advance reconciliation, support implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and contribute to the revitalization of the forest sector with First Nations as full partners. The draft Forest Strategy and Implementation Plan has been developed and informed by direct input from BC First Nations from regional engagement sessions held in 2015, 2017 and 2018.  This Strategy will also form a renewed mandate for the BC First Nations Forestry Council.

Engagement sessions with the province and First Nations, are for information sharing and gathering input.  They do not replace the need for the Crown to meet directly with the Nations G2G, in parallel processes, with those that have the right to determine their priorities and recommendations for forest lands and resources in their territories.

 

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 Draft BC First Nations Forest Strategy: Implementation Plan

The Implementation Plan provides an outline of the key work to be advanced in years 1 to 5, as a starting point for the long term and on-going implementation of the Forest Strategy. Two provincial forums were held in Vancouver and Kamloops in May 2019 to review and provide input into the priorities and actions in the draft Strategy and Implementation Plan. This work is on-going. We want to hear from you.  If you were unable to attend the provincial forums and want to provide your feedback on the draft BC First Nation Forest Strategy and Implementation Plan, you can do so by completing this short survey before July 30, 2019.

 

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