ERIC Number: ED463099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
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Turning First Nation Forest Values into Integrated Forest Management Plans: Two Models in Alberta.
Natcher, David; Hickey, Cliff
Canada's federal and provincial governments have called upon the forest industry to ensure protection of Aboriginal rights and include Aboriginal communities in forest management. The challenge is to design frameworks for multi-party cooperation in which multiple values and interests can be accommodated. To promote such cooperation, two research projects focused on establishing mechanisms to apply Aboriginal knowledge to industrial forest management, providing community training and capacity building to facilitate the equitable involvement of Aboriginal communities, and establishing a framework to monitor and evaluate First Nation-industry cooperation. A project involving the Alexis First Nation of Treaty Six, Millar Western Forest Products, and the Sustainable Forest Management Network (SFMN) (University of Alberta) conducted an Aboriginal land use study while training community members to continue the research; developed an information sharing agreement concerned with access to and use of community knowledge; developed a forestry curriculum and related career education for Alexis high school students; implemented community training and employment programs; and developed a mechanism to monitor the community-industry partnership and resolve conflicts. In the second project, the Little Red River and Tall Cree First Nations and the SFMN identified community attitudes and values regarding forest management, wildlife management, training and employment needs, and protection of subsistence activities and related them to forest management objectives. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Canada Natives, Community Development, Conservation (Environment), Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, Forestry, High Schools, Indigenous Knowledge, Job Training, Land Use, Research Projects, Sustainable Development, Tribes, Values, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.ualberta.ca/~nativest/CINSA/CDfiles/papers/Natcher.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada