The Path To Reconciliation Is Mutual Understanding

By Rick Jeffrey
Coast Forest Products Association
October 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Earlier in the year I had the opportunity to listen to a panel of First Nations lawyers share their thoughts about reconciliation.  One of the panelists… went on to say that recognition is achieved by identifying the real issues – and then developing an understanding of these issues. …The coastal forest industry in BC is focused on increasing participation of Indigenous peoples in the forest sector. …And, so, as I thought more about the idea that the duty to consult was the duty to learn, I wondered how we could put that into practice.  How can we collectively move past barriers, adopt more collaborative approaches and solutions that are interest-based and create even more win-win-win outcomes? It strikes me that the next logical step on the path to reconciliation is one that includes tripartite discussions between Indigenous peoples, the Government of BC and the forest industry.

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