Forest district to hire Haida operations manager

  • Apr. 8, 2009 5:00 a.m.

The Haida Gwaii forest district will be hiring an operations manager from the Haida Nation as the first step in a new way of delivering natural resource management services on the islands, Forests Minister Pat Bell and Haida Nation president Guujaaw announced Monday. “The forest district and the Council of the Haida Nation have been able to craft this unique opportunity based on the strong relationship they’ve built over the last few years,” Mr. Bell said. “Having an operations manager of Haida descent as part of the natural resources management team will benefit all islanders.” The strategic land use agreement between the province and the Council of the Haida Nation, signed in December 2007, addressed outstanding land use issues. Since the agreement was signed, both governments have been working together on new ideas and approaches to conducting business that best suit the unique local ecology, cultural values and economic circumstances here. “Just getting everyone a little bit closer is good work,” Guujaaw said. “This is the path of reconciliation, and there are a lot of practical reasons to working this way. Through our Gwaii Haanas experience, we have all seen the benefits of cooperation.” The new operations manager, together with the district management team, will be responsible for setting operational objectives, distributing resources, managing staff and overseeing work activities on behalf of both the province of BC and the Haida Nation. The position is expected to be filled within the next two months.