Today, the Haida Nation is taking the lead role in determining the future health of our forests and the rate of tree harvesting in the logging industry on Haida Gwaii. An unprecedented agreement between the Haida Nation and the Government of British Columbia has been established through which all decisions on the rate and location of tree harvesting are determined through negotiation and consensus.

While forestry and logging continue to provide a livelihood for both Haida and non-Haida, a major objective is to sustain the forest while diversifying the types of work it can generate. Presently, raw logs are shipped off the islands for processing elsewhere. Haida Gwaii could support a number of lumber manufacturing industries and specialty processing businesses that would employ more people and place less emphasis on logging as a way of life.

"...this land has looked after us all those years. And it could look after our children for generations to come."
- Lily Bell, Kyaan usilii clan, Old Massett
Today, the Haida Nation is taking the lead role in determining the future health of our forests and the rate of tree harvesting in the logging industry on Haida Gwaii. An unprecedented agreement between the Haida Nation and the Government of British Columbia has been established through which all decisions on the rate and location of tree harvesting are determined through negotiation and consensus.

While forestry and logging continue to provide a livelihood for both Haida and non-Haida, a major objective is to sustain the forest while diversifying the types of work it can generate. Presently, raw logs are shipped off the islands for processing elsewhere. Haida Gwaii could support a number of lumber manufacturing industries and specialty processing businesses that would employ more people and place less emphasis on logging as a way of life.

"...this land has looked after us all those years. And it could look after our children for generations to come."
- Lily Bell, Kyaan usilii clan, Old Massett

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Photo

Log barge in Masset Inlet.

Photo: Larry Thompson
c. 1998
© Larry Thompson


Round table

Round table discussions between Haida leadership and Federal and provincial government officials.

Photo: Vince Collison

© Vince Collison


Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Describe, in simple terms, the environmental threats to Haida Gwaii forests
  • Describe what Haidas are doing to protect their forests

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