Agreement brings reconciliation one step closer: CHN VP

  • Apr. 3, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Reconciliation between the Haida and the province is one small step closer.On March 13, the Council of the Haida Nation and the province signed an agreement in Victoria which establishes an area-based forestry tenure.”The Haida Nation has been working with the province since 2009 to fulfill obligations made to each other in the Kunst’aa Guu – Kunst’aayah agreement. The signing of this forest tenure is a major component of that agreement and acknowledges another step between the Haida Nation and the province in this incremental approach to reconciliation,” said CHN Vice President Trevor Russ.With the signing, the CHN and minister of forests agreed to establishing a tenure on the east coast of Graham Island and on Moresby Island. The proposed annual allowable cut is 134,210 cubic metres, with some used to support BC Timber Sales’ market-based pricing system.As well, Taan Forest Products Ltd. was invited to apply for a First Nations Woodland Licence, which will provide it exclusive rights to harvest timber and manage other forest resources within the agreed area.”This area based tenure will assist the Haida Nation in managing forest resources differently on Haida Gwaii, which will provide new opportunities for the Haida Nation,” Mr. Russ said.This form of tenure was introduced in 2011 to address unique First Nations’ interests in land and resource management, said a ministry of forests press release.Since then, this is the seventh agreement of its kind to be signed.”Today’s announcement is an example of respectful collaboration between the Province and the Haida Nation,” said Minister of Forests Steve Thomason. “With this signing, the Haida Nation will have greater certainty in land-use decisions and the knowledge that any benefits stay with the people of the Haida Nation.”

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