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.