Date: December 21, 2017
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:
- A brief characterization of Indigenous forestry partnerships across Canada;
- 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;
- An assessment of challenges and constraints facing First Nation-led CFEs in British Columbia;
- An assessment of key enabling conditions in First Nation-led CFEs in British Columbia; and
- 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.