Forestry is one of the industries with the most participation by Indigenous peoples in Canada. Many First Nations and Métis communities are located in forests, and our nations have relied on it for food, shelter, and medicine for millennia.
A renewable and sustainable resource, responsible forestry provides jobs and income for hundreds of communities, from activities as diverse as harvesting, planting, milling, timber frame construction, reclamation, site preparation, trucking and more. Although forestry has always taken place in our territories, in the past two decades more and more Indigenous communities have exercised their treaty and inherent rights to become better involved and respected in the management of forest resources. We see this as the future of forestry, providing certainty and partnerships for industry and economic and environmental benefits for our communities, workers and businesses.