The Forestry Sector Council is headquartered in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship, which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) People first signed with the British Crown in 1726.
The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. We acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land.
At the Forestry Sector Council, we understand that forests are important to the livelihood of Indigenous Peoples. The sustainable use of forests within their traditional territories is essential to Indigenous communities’ economic and cultural health.
We believe that encouraging increased Indigenous involvement in the forestry sector creates significant contributions to Canada’s forest-based economy and sustainable forest management.