The TLA’s Aboriginal Affairs committee developed the following document to be used as a source of information for consideration when creating a working agreement to carry out activities associated with First Nations license.
Working With First Nations (Truck LoggerBC, Winter 2021)
Working with First Nation governments and its businesses can result in a powerful partnership with positive results for all involved. However, the partners’ goals and objectives are often very different from one another. As such, it’s important that all partners keep this in mind when they structure their arrangement and con-duct their mutual business arrangement.
Haste Makes Waste: A Flawed Consultation Process (Truck LoggerBC, Fall 2021)
In July 2021, the Ministry of Forest Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development (MFLN-RORD) sent a letter to BC First Nations outlining significant changes to forest policy to “modernize” forest policy in BC. These forest policy changes are based on the Intentions Paper, released in June 2021, that was developed internally by the MFLNRORD with no input or consultation with First Nations.
The process, timeline, and timing for consultation during the wildfire season is compressed and expedited, and does not allow for meaningful and informed consultation by any group. First Nations are rights holders not stakeholders, and under the Declaration Act changes being proposed to forest legislation, policies and regulations require their prior, in-formed consent.
Forestry Community: Pacheedaht First Nation (Truck LoggerBC, Fall 2021)
Describing the story of the Pacheedaht First Nation of Port Renfrew as rags to riches may seem hyperbolic, but there’s no denying that determination and sheer moxie have dramatically transformed its fortunes in a relatively short space of time.Consider: in the past 20 years, Pacheedaht has evolved from having zero stake in the local forest industry (besides jobs) to owning and operating a broad mix of ventures. It currently has a small tree forest licence (TFL), a woodlot licence, a partnership in the ownership of the Queesto TFL, multiple privately managed forest properties, a tree planting and brushing business, a sawmill, and salvage operations.
Working Together for Win-Win Fibre Solutions (Truck LoggerBC, Summer 2021)
Earlier this year, a First Nation, TLA contractor and pulp and paper producer teamed up to create what may well become a prime example and inspiration for future responsible forest land management, where fibre waste and slash pile burning is minimized, while creating sustainable employment opportunities and increased economic prosperity for all involved.North Vancouver Island’s Atli Resources Limited Partnership, the forestry arm of the ‘Namgis First Nation, has led the creation of Atli Chip Limited Partnership to purchase the North Island chipping facility in Beaver Cove. Atli Resources LP holds majority ownership in Atli Chip while Wahkash Contracting and Paper Excellence each hold minority interests
A Skilled, Diverse Indigenous Workforce is the Key to addressing “Déjà vu all over again” (Truck LoggerBC, Spring 2021)
A new government brings with it a renewed mandate for every ministry “to create opportunities for Indigenous peoples to be full partners in the economy.” In Premier Horgan’s mandate letter to the new Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Katrine Conroy, one area of focus is on the transition of the forestry sector from a high-volume to high-value production, which includes increasing value-added initiatives to en-courage fibre utilization in an era of declining timber supply.
Working Agreements for First Nations Tenure Holders (Truck LoggerBC, Winter 2020)
The TLA’s Aboriginal Affairs committee sought ways to assist TLA members in building and enhancing relationships between the membership and First Nations communities. Through a strategic plan carried out by the Committee, it was identified that there is a gap between what First Nations communities were obtaining in terms of new for-est tenure licensees and their capacity to undertake operational activities with the licence, specifically, undertaking harvesting, marketing and management of the licence through an agreement with a third party. There is a juxtaposition between generating the economic opportunity from the tenure and the many potential liabilities that are associated with owning and managing a licence. The following draft working document serves as a source of information for consideration when creating a working agreement to carry out activities associated with First Nations licence. TLA members are invited to provide their comments and input.
Industry Leaders’ Vision for the Future of the Forest Industry (Truck LoggerBC, Winter 2020)
By any measure the BC forest industry is in crisis. Many in forestry-reliant communities are worried that a way of life is coming to an end with low commodity prices, mill closures, impending Allowable Annual Cut reductions now that the beetle-kill wood is running out, and wildfires having taken their toll. But is it as bad as all that? Are there any reasons to be optimistic? What could we do to move forward and rebuild an industry that still directly employs more than 33,000 British Columbians directly and is the lifeblood of more than 100 rural communities? To get some answers we reached out to industry stakeholders for their opinions on where we are, where we need to go, and what we should do to get there.
Indigenous Best Practices and Learnings: The Good and the Bad (Truck LoggerBC, Fall 2020)
It is hard to imagine that Indigenous peoples had little to no involvement in forestry until the 1990s, but it is true in most cases throughout BC. Sure, we had minor opportunities in silviculture and harvesting operations but there was nothing in the form of tenures or fibre management capacity within the forest industry or ministry offices.
Forestry Community: Nanwakolas (Truck LoggerBC, Spring 2020)
The Campbell River-based Nanwakolas Council is described on its website as “the vehicle through which the member First Nations regionally pursue land and marine resource planning and management, and resource-based economic development activities.”But as for its ultimate trajectory, President and CEO Dallas Smith describes the five-member council slightly differently. “As advocates of First Nations on northern Vancouver Island and the neighbouring southern Central Coast region, we are an emerging government,” he says.
Over Coming the Barrier of a Driver’s licence for Aboriginal Workers (Truck LoggerBC, Summer 2019)
Over Coming the Barrier of a driver’s licence for aboriginal workers. Not having a driver’s licence is one of the biggest barriers to employment for Indigenous people living on reserves in British Columbia.
Addressing Barriers to Employment of Aboriginals (Truck LoggerBC, Summer 2019)
Despite shutdowns, slowdowns and the relentless advance of mechanized harvesting, the BC forestry sector needs more able-bodied workers than ever before, largely because so many traditionally employed in the sector are aging out and younger workers are migrating into other sectors, including oil, gas, mining, and construction.
Is First Nations the Solution to Job Shortage? (Truck LoggerBC, Spring 2019)
Obviously not being able to find the kinds of employees needed today is a problem for the industry in general and contractors in particular, but the dilemma also presents an opportunity to forge new links with First Nations and access a labour force pool that’s increasingly enthusiastic about participating in forestry. Industry, government and First Nations now need to continue working together to make that a reality.
Working Guidelines to Use in Developing Relationships with First Nations (Truck LoggerBC, Summer 2016)
An argument could be made that compared to many other industries, forestry has an advantage with regard to First Nations issues, thanks to a long history of working with Aboriginal communities. But as Aboriginal title becomes a reality, provincial and federal governments must recognize, relying on established goodwill is not enough to ensure that the forestry sector thrives in the decades to come. This is why the new Working Guidelines for Contractors To Use In Developing Relationships with First Nations is regarded as a first step in fostering long-lasting partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal groups.