Vancouver, BC – The First Nations Forestry Council (the ‘Forestry Council’) has officially opened registration for the 2nd Annual BC First Nations Forestry Conference, which will be held virtually between June 16-18, 2021.
The 2021 Conference program will include a variety of topics related to forestry workforce opportunities and partnerships, as well as panel discussions and presentations on the timber supply review process, First Nations Woodland Licences, and stewardship practices in all regions of British Columbia.
“We must continue the important work of advocating for the increased role Nations have to play as full partners in forestry,” says Chief Bill Williams, President of the Forestry Council.
“That is why this year, we have chosen to frame the event within the theme of BC First Nations as Full Partners.”
The Forestry Council strives to support and advocate for the role Nations should play as the rightful owners of forest lands and resources, including access to an equitable share of the benefits derived from forestry activities within their traditional territories.
“This event provides the space and opportunity to bring Nations, industry, and Government together to discuss changes needed to increase First Nations involvement in timber supply reviews, increase access to tenure, and development of partnerships to increase First Nations’ involvement in the workforce,” tells Charlene Higgins, CEO of the Forestry Council.
“Through the 2021 BC First Nations Forestry Conference, we look forward to highlighting First Nations in the BC forest sector, paving a new way forward with First Nations as Full Partners.”