Few could argue First Nations are now at the forefront of forest resource management in Clayoquot Sound writes Julia Prinselaar in an indepth article published in the Westerly News March 10, 2011, following up on her earlier article.

The question lies in how to respect those changes while sharing commonly held resources, says Dr. Richard Atleo, chair of the symposium, which took place in Tofino and Ahousaht March 3 to 6.

We have problems here, in Clayoquot Sound. The principle that can be captured in all of these problems is the problem of relationships, he said.

In April 1993, then-BC Premier Mike Harcourt announced the Clayoquot Land Use Decision, leaving approximately 74 per cent of productive ancient forest in Clayoquot Sound open for logging.

Public reaction sparked a historic logging road blockade in Clayoquot Sound over the summer of 1993 that included 12,000 protestors and 850 arrests.

Harcourt [who was present at the symposium – Ed.] then appointed the Scientific Panel for Sustainable Forest Practices in Clayoquot Sound.

Prinselaar presents numerous perspectives from the symposium with quotes from

  • Dallas Smith, president of the Nanwakolas Council;
  • Dave Jacobson of Iisaak;
  • Cliff Atleo of Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council;
  • Tla-o-qui-aht councilors Saya Masso and Terry Dorward;
  • Eduardo Sousa of Greenpeace,
  • Bill Beese of Vancouver Island University;
  • John O. Frank, Ahousaht Chief Councillor (interviewed earlier); and
  • Bill Irving, former mayor of Ucluelet.

Read the entire article at the Westerly.