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Aboriginal Forestry

Directory of the Organizations and Information on Aboriginal Forestry

The Aboriginal Forestry page is intended to facilitate Internet access to specific information on First Nations participation in forestry.

National Level - First Nations Information and Federal Government Programs

Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources - a national, First Nation-directed environmental non-profit organisation. We were established in 1994 by a group of First Nation Chiefs from across Canada. Through our programs, we take action on climate change, build sustainable communities, protect lands and waters, and conserve biodiversity.

Forest Home Website is a collective effort by members of Canada's forest community to provide tools, news, and information about Aboriginal rights and participation in the forest sector.

Turtle Island Native Network - Internet resources and news, numerous links

National Aboriginal Forestry Association (NAFA) - promotes and supports increased Aboriginal involvement in forest management and related commercial opportunities, while staying committed to holistic or multiple-use forestry, to build sustainable Aboriginal communities.

Provincial Level - First Nations Governance and the Programs of Provincial Governments

British Columbia

British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations: First Nation Relations Branch - We enjoy the valued and trustful relationship with First Nations who successfully contribute to the forest sector and effectively participate in the management of diverse and sustainable forest and range values of BC.

Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative EBM Forestry: Ecosystem-based management (EBM) is a new way to manage resource development, such as logging

Iisaak Forest Resources Ltd. is an innovative First Nations-led forest services company operating exclusively within Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia. The guiding principles of respect and the interconnectedness of all things provide the foundation for restructuring the economic, ecological and social elements of sustainable resource management.

Khowutzun Forest Services is owned by the Cowichan Tribes, the largest band in BC, with a population of more than 3,800 community members. KFS is a full service company providing forest management planning, engineering, silviculture, GIS mapping, and fire suppression services.

Nicola-Similkameen Innovative Forestry Society brings together distinct organizations under one umbrella. Six licensees hold Innovative Forestry Practices Agreements (IFPAs) on the Merritt Timber Supply Area (TSA).

Nisga'a Lisims Government - Today, under the Nisga'a Final Agreement, the Nisga'a Nation owns 2,000 square kilometres of Nisga'a Lands and the natural resources on those lands. Through the Forest Resources Department, Nisga'a Lisims Government manages Nisga'a forests to provide employment and to protect our natural inheritance.

Saulteau First Nation The Land and Resources Department works with Government, industry and scientists to plan and co-manage Saulteau First Nations' land and resources, and to ensure First Nations' participation in territorial planning and management according to our rights as set out in Section 35(1) of the Canadian Constitution Act of 1982.

Simpcw First Nation - Simpcw Natural Resource Department (NRD) in partnership with Simpcwetkwe is committed to the protection, conservation, and sustainable management of Simpcwulucw in a holistic manner.

Sts'ailes Development Corporation - In April 2008, Chehalis Chief and Council approved the establishment of the Sts'ailes Development Corporation. Our mission is to serve the sovereign interests of the Sts'ailes (Chehalis) people through the creation, ownership and operation of profitable businesses.

Taan Forest , as incorporated by the Haida Nation, has exclusive access to some of the world's finest and most exclusive timber. Taan Forest and the Haida people carefully choose from the finest available Western Red Cedar, Yellow Cedar, Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock. We then custom cut the logs to your exact specifications and deliver your premium Haida wood anywhere in the world, ready to become a part of your fine craft.

Tseshaht First Nation own and manage five forest companies and three Limited Liability Partnerships. All of the businesses are managed through Tseshaht Forestry Corporation.ebsite.


Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation - is the first local forest management corporation. The management area encompasses approximately 1.9 million hectares of productive Crown forest with an available harvest volume of 2.2 million cubic metres of merchantable fibre and 435,000 cubic metres of biomass fibre annually


Mistik Management Ltd. is a woodlands management company based out of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan providing timber procurement and forestry services to NorSask Forest Products Inc. and Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp Inc. Mistik is dedicated to the sustainable use and stewardship of 1.8 million hectares of boreal forest in northwest Saskatchewan.

NorSask Forest Products is Saskatchewan's largest sawmill and the largest First Nations owned forest products company in Canada. With over 40 years of history in Meadow Lake, NorSask is proud to be a major employer in the area and to share its success with the nine First Nations who are its owners.

Sakâw Askiy Management Inc. is a unique partnership of six forest companies with Saskatchewan operations and two First Nations partners. Actual operations – planning, harvesting, hauling, and renewal - are carried out by each of the shareholders within discrete operating zones in the Forest Management Agreement.