Canadian Forest Service Publications

Collaboration between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian forestry industry: a dynamic relationship. A State of Knowledge Report. 2010. S. Wyatt, J.-F. Fortier, G. Greskiw, M. Hébert, S. Nadeau, D. Natcher, P. Smith, and R. Trosper. Sustainable Forest Management Network, Edmonton, Alberta.

Year: 2010

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 32280

Language: English

Availability: PDF (download)

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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 The projects involved a diversity of workshops, consultations, reviews of published and unpublished materials, synthesis and writing activities.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 review the diversity of Canadian experience and seek to develop an integrated view of collaboration between Aboriginal peoples and the forestry industry in Canada. This report is based on a review of more than 250 studies and documented experiences of collaboration, along with an inventory of collaborative arrangements in 482 Aboriginal communities across Canada.

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In this report, the authors examined the diversity in the Canadian experience of cooperation between Aboriginal peoples and the forest industry with regards to forest land use. The goal was to develop an integrated view of this cooperation. This report, which was initially published in 2010, is based on the study of over 250 cooperative efforts as well as an inventory of collaboration agreements involving 482 Aboriginal communities across Canada.

Here are a few insights regarding collaboration that can be drawn from this report:

•Collaborative efforts are influenced by a number of factors, including those pertaining to Aboriginal rights. •Collaborative efforts could and should take on multiple forms. •Collaborative efforts must satisfy the interests and meet the needs of all stakeholders. •Collaborative efforts can generate financial, social and ecological capital, the results of which must be balanced. •Collaborative efforts are not coincidental; they result from consensus-building efforts. •Collaborative efforts require a commitment from governments.