Our goal is to provide expertise in forest policy to support First Nations and advance their rights and interests through active two-way communications with First Nations communities and organizations on forestry issues, legislative and policy development, and reform. The work ensures that First Nations interests and priorities are addressed in provincial forest programs, policies, and practices.
Some of the current and past policy issues that the FNFC has reviewed are described below:
- Statement of Law Regarding First Nations and Forestry (March 2015)
The First Nations Forestry Council in partnership with Vancouver Island University, Centre for Pre-confederation Treaties and Reconciliation has produced a report that reviews the legal relationship with forests from a Crown perspective and from an Aboriginal perspective. The report discusses Aboriginal Title and the legal relationship with forests, how it amounts to full beneficial ownership and the concepts of consent, consultation and accommodation.
Finally, implications for decision-making and forest management are considered.