FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard Project

Welcome to our project page focused on Indigenous Engagement and the new National Forest Stewardship Standard at Forest Stewardship Council – Canada. This project is resourced primarily by Environment and Climate Change Canada as they have a shared interest in better understanding the landscape level solution found in the new NFSS. At FSC Canada they also provide in-kind support to ensure the scope of the project is consistent with the international indicators and the materials are relevant to our regional context in the world – being Canada through a chamber balanced member driven process – Social, Aboriginal, Environmental and Economic

These areas include Landscape Level Solutions associated with:

Ecosystem gap analysis – for function and integrity

Species at Risk – collaborative solution options

Free Prior Informed Consent – upholding the protection of Indigenous Peoples Rights

Indigenous Cultural Landscapes – Case Study work exploring what indicators or guidance may be needed

We are working actively to acquire and maintain three Coordinators across Canada – West, Central and East; the roll of the Coordinators is to participate in the learning opportunities that are made available through this project, provide outreach to affected First Nations who are in or near Forest Management Certified lands and collaborate with a growing number of participating First Nations across Canada to better understand what the benefits to Indigenous People can be through the FSC NFSS – or what is in the Tool box!

We have initiated a database of affected First Nations by the FSC National FSS and estimate there are approximately 160.

We have generated a map to show where FSC FM exists in Canada currently and proximity to First Nation communities.

Please enjoy the materials available and we look forward to hearing from you!!



FSC and Forest Management Planning Webinars:

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Introduction to FSC:

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Webinar Descriptions

Introduction to FSC and the New National Standard:

Describes what FSC is and how the new national standard came to be. Features a basic description of each of the 10 principles of forest stewardship.

Key Indicators of the FSC Standard for Indigenous Communities:

Provides a breakdown of all the indicators of the standard that are relevant to Indigenous Peoples’ and the benefits they can provide.

Forest Management and FSC

Learn how FSC standards are applied to real life forest management operations

Webinar Descriptions

High Conservation Values

An introduction to the six categories of High Conservation Values and Area of Concern prescriptions, featuring examples from the Martel-Magpie Forest in Northeastern Ontario.

Herbicide Alternatives Program

Introduction to the use of herbicide in forest management in Ontario, and the Herbicide Alternatives Program (HAP).

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In Canada there are approximately 160 First Nations Within or Adjacent to FSC Certified Forests

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