Nee Tahi Buhn Indian Band was the latest First Nations group to be awarded a woodland licence by the provincial government.
This 25-year licence allows the Nee Tahi Buhn to harvest 6200 cubic metres of timber per year from their traditional territory. The agreement covers 3447 hectares of Crown land, south of Francois Lake, near Verdun Lookout.
Nee Tahi Buhn Chief Ray Morris said this licence provides the band with a stronger role in local forest stewardship, as well as increased benefits for band members through additional revenue options and enhanced opportunities for employment.
This is the eighth First Nations woodland licence issued since the province began the program in 2011. Licences have been awarded to Lake Babine Nation, the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, Wei Wai Kum First Nation, Hupacasath First Nation, Tseshaht First Nation, Canim Lake Indian Band and Lheidli T’enneh First Nation.
According to the provincial government, these area-based, direct-award forest licences give First Nations a stronger role in forest and land stewardship and make it easier for First Nations forest companies to secure investment and loans.
“The province continues to encourage economic growth in First Nation communities,” said John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. “This licence boosts economic opportunities for the Nee Tahi Buhn and broadens employment possibilities for families in the community.”