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Exploring First Nation-held Forest Tenures and Community Forest Enterprises in British Columbia

Author: Joleen A. Timko, Stefania Pizzirani, Robert A. Kozak, Gary Bull

Date: December 21, 2017

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    The purpose of this report is to situate existing knowledge on First Nation-held forestry tenures and community forest enterprises (CFEs) in British Columbia, Canada within a broader discussion about Indigenous and non-Indigenous community forests in Canada. This report provides the following:

    1. A brief characterization of Indigenous forestry partnerships across Canada;
    2. A description of the two most common First Nation-held forest tenures within British Columbia: the First Nations Woodland License and the community forest agreement;
    3. An assessment of challenges and constraints facing First Nation-led CFEs in British Columbia;
    4. An assessment of key enabling conditions in First Nation-led CFEs in British Columbia; and
    5. Recommendations to enable Indigenous communities, policy makers, the private sector and supporting institutions to strengthen the business proposition of Indigenous-led CFEs in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada.

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