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Now is the time for a fundamental shift in how your needs and values can be heard collectively and become actionable. BC First Nations need to be key players in the revitalization of the forest sector in BC.



The First Nations Forestry Council was created by our community leaders in 2006 and was born from the First Nations Mountain Pine Beetle Working Group. Since that time, our communities have become increasingly involved in the forest sector as tenure holders, small business operators, forest managers, technicians and forest sector employees. Our Nations currently hold over 260 forest licenses with access to more than 10 million m3 per year.

Our Goal is to ensure every First Nation in BC is involved in the governance and stewardship of forest lands and resources in their territory. We are also working to increase meaningful career, employment, and business outcomes for First Nations people in the BC forest sector.

In order for the Forestry Council to support your community and to effectively organize and implement services on your behalf and exclusively for you, we are launching a new Membership program to include due-paying membership classes – First Nations Tenure Membership and Band/Nation Membership - to allow and invite new categories of members to join the Forestry Council.

Membership Benefits

BC First Nations Tenure Membership (Business)

BC First Nations Band/Nation Membership

Reports & publications produced by the Forestry Council X X
Advocacy for tenure reform and increased involvement of BC First Nations in forestry X X
Quarterly Newsletter X X
First Nations Forestry Conference (participation and reduced entry fee) X X
Marketing studies and materials related to First Nations in the forest sector X X
Invitation to Annual General Meeting X X
Active Job Board X X
Review and Implementation of the BC & First Nations Forest Strategy X X
Policy & Provincial Government letters and communications X X
Direct support and information related to forestry business and operations X X
Advocacy that advances First Nations forest business interest and priorities X X
Voting rights through representation on the Forestry Council's Board of Directors X  
Networking and business relationship development X  
Membership Dues $0.10 per m3 (maximum $5000) per year. $500 per year


How to become a member?

Download and fill out one of the application forms available above. Then, return your form to the Forestry Council either by: e-mail to, by fax to 604-608-3981, or by post to 669 Centre Street, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 4Z5.