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An Indigenous Peoples' Guide to Forest Certification in Canada [Ecotrust Canada]

Ecotrust Canada
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Nobody believes that certification will solve all problems confronting Indigenous Peoples as they wrestle with resource uses on their traditional lands. But it presents opportunities. It is not a substitute for the full recognition of treaty and aboriginal rights. Nor is it a convenient opportunity for the provincial or federal governments to continue ignoring the basic human rights and freedoms of Indigenous Nations. It is, however, a means for the forest industry to demonstrate leadership, good citizenship and responsible stewardship. It also provides an immediate and practical way for Indigenous Peoples to address their poverty, be managers of their forestry resources and to share their vast knowledge.

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