To date, most provincial consultation frameworks have been developed with little or no input by First Nations themselves and, therefore, may not reflect the expectations of First Nations locally (or generally) for fair, inclusive and meaningful involvement in forest management. Moreover, as private forestry companies strive to implement sustainable forest management (SFM) frameworks, the ability to demonstrate the social and/or cultural appropriateness of forest management in local settings and to measure the impact of such decisions underscores the need to develop SFM frameworks in collaboration with First Nation communities. To this end, representatives of Slocan Forest Products and their First Nation counterparts met at a workshop hosted by the University of British Columbia in March of 2004 to discuss their respective experiences and expectations of meaningful consultation in forest management. Having listened to the participants over the two-day meeting discuss their perspectives, we have heard people say unequivocally that effective consultation needs to surpass the minimum standards set by the provincial government and aspire to higher principles rooted in collaborative management, mutual benefit and respect. In the process, a great deal has been distilled from this workshop, and it is with considerable enthusiasm that we report on our findings with the understanding that this workshop represents the inception of a process that will involve several subsequent initiatives designed to refine and implement the principles and strategies that were discussed.
John L. Lewis.
Lewis, John L.. 2004. A Framework for developing locally relevant criteria of sustainable forest management with first nation communities. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2004MR139