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Strategy: Certification Systems

Discussion Paper

Assessment of the Need for Aboriginal Compliance with Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Product Certification Systems

National Aboriginal Forestry Association

March 1996
Acknowledgements

The National Aboriginal Forestry Association gratefully acknowledges the financial contributions from the Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, and the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development which made this report possible.

Table Of Contents

1.0 Introduction

2.0 Background
2.1 Sustainable Forest Management
2.2 Why Certification?
2.2.1 World Commission on Environment & Development and United Nations
Conference on Environment & Development
2.3 Why are Aboriginal Issues Now Being Considered an Integral Part of Sustainable Forest Management?
2.4 Post UNCED

3.0 Implementation Of Sustainable Forest Management
3.1 Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management
3.2 The Canadian Standards Association Sustainable Forest Management System
3.3 Forest Stewardship Council
3.4 International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14000 Series
3.5 Pacific Certification Council.

4.0 Impact Of Certification On Aboriginal Communities
4.1 Overview of Aboriginal Forestry Operations
4.2 Certification and Indian Reserve Forest Land Management
4.3 Traditional Territories
4.3.1 Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
4.3.2 Aboriginal Participation in Forest Management Planning
4.3.3 Aboriginal Values
4.3.4 Provincial Legislation and Regulations

5.0 Options For First Nations Compliance
5.1 Non-Compliance
5.2 Improved Relationships with Industry
5.3 First Nation Compliance for Reserve Lands

6.0 Conclusion

7.0 References

Appendix 1
Defining Sustainable Forest Management:A Canadian Approach to Criteria and Indicators

Appendix 2
National Aboriginal Forestry Association Letter toCanadian Standards Association, March 15, 1996

Appendix 3
Editorial from Forestry Chronicle, Jan/Feb 1996"Aboriginal Participation in Forest Management:Not Just Another Stakeholder'"

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