Canadian Forest Service Publications

Can Aboriginal land use and occupancy studies be applied effectively in forest management? A State of Knowledge report. 2010. S. Wyatt, J.-F. Fortier, G. Grekiw, M. Hébert, S. Nadeau, D. Natcher, P. Smith, D. Thèberge, and R. Trosper. Sustainable Forest Management Network, Edmonton, Alberta.

Year: 2010

Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 32279

Language: English

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Abstract

The State of Knowledge program was launched by the Sustainable Forest Management Network (SFMN) to capture the knowledge and wisdom that had accumulated in publications and people over a decade of research. The goal was to create a foundation of current knowledge on which to build policy, practice and future research. The program supported groups of researchers, working with experts from SFMN partner organizatios, to review literature and collect expert opinion about issues of importance to Canadian forest management. The priority topics for the program were suggested by the Network's partners in consultation with the research theme leaders. Each State of Knowledge team chose an approach appropriate to the topic. The projects involved a diversity of workshops, consultations, reviews of published and unpublished materials, synthesis and writing activities. The result is a suite of reports that we hope will inform new policy and practice and help direct future research.

In this report we seek to clarify some of the uncertainty and questions around land use studies and to consider how information about Aboriginal use and occupancy of lands can be better integrated into forest management. The report is based on a review of nearly 100 studies and documented experiences of Aboriginal land use studies, supported by workshops bringing together researchers and practitioners representing Aboriginal peoples, forestry companies, and governments.