Some Recent Changes in the Forest Plan
In November of 1999 the Ministry of Forests (MOF) started developing
the First Nations Forestry Strategy, a framework for addressing
treaty and non-treaty related forestry issues.
MOF looks upon this new plan as a way for First
Nations to build a stake in the forest sector in a pre-treaty environment.
According to the MOF report the strategy captures ongoing opportunities
for First Nations and rolls them into a strategic approach without
limiting existing programs.
The MOF report notes that the ministry was able
to meet or exceed all of its targets for the First Nations Forest
Strategy. In addition, 21 agreements were reached with First Nations
including the Tsimshian
Tribal Council, the umbrella agency for the First Nations bands
included in this project.
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