Involving Indigenous Peoples in Sustainable Forest Management

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Canada’s forests have long played an integral role in meeting the cultural, spiritual and material needs of Indigenous peoples. Encouraging more Indigenous involvement in the forest sector benefits Canada’s sustainable forest management and helps to build strong Indigenous communities.

Indigenous and treaty rights are protected by Canada’s constitution, and this is increasingly reflected in forest policy and forest management practices. Indigenous involvement in the land is being formally acknowledged through processes that include land claims, treaty making and treaty land entitlement.

About 80% of Indigenous communities are located in or near forested areas and their participation in forestry is growing.

More than 800 Indigenous communities are located in Canada’s forests, and about 1.4 million hectares of reserve lands are suitable for resource uses such as forestry, hunting, trapping, fishing and gathering herbs and medical plants.

 

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