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INTRODUCTION ....................................................................................................... 2

VISION ....................................................................................................................... 4

MISSION .................................................................................................................... 5

GUIDING PRINCIPLES.............................................................................................. 6

STRATEGIC GOALS ................................................................................................. 7

IMPLEMENTATION ................................................................................................. 11

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ....................................................................................... 12




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INTRODUCTION
Prior to 1994, only three students of aboriginal ancestry were known to
have graduated from the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British
Columbia (UBC). As an institution that has traditionally held an influential
role in shaping the forest sector through education, research and public
policy, the Faculty of Forestry sought to address this issue with the
establishment of its First Nations Initiative in the same year. The primary
focus of the First Nations Initiative was to increase awareness surrounding
educational opportunities and careers related to forestry, to increase First
Nations content into the curricula, and to strengthen the relationships
between the Faculty, First Nations and the forest sector.

Since the establishment of the Initiative the Faculty has continued to fulfill its
commitment to increase First Nations awareness and presence both in the
University, and in the forest sector. In 1994 the Faculty hired a Coordinator
of Aboriginal Initiatives to liaise with students and faculty members on First
Nations issues; in 1995 the First Nations Council of Advisors (FNCOA) was
appointed to oversee and encourage the Faculty‟s adoption of First
Nations programming and research; and in 1996, a First Nations course
titled “Perspectives on First Nations and Forest Lands” was created and First
Nations content was added into other Faculty core courses.

During this time, issues surrounding First Nations involvement in the forest
sector were also proving to be one of the primary factors shaping the
sector‟s future. In 2001, a First Nations Strategy (2001-2006) was developed by
FNCOA in the growing realization that the Faculty must become an active
participant and leader in increasing the knowledge and understanding of
aboriginal rights and title, and in developing First Nations capacity to
manage the forest resource in the future. Endorsed by the Faculty, the
Strategy focused on nine critical areas: student understanding, advanced
studies, external support, Faculty‟s capacity, learning environment, First
Nations students, applied research, public policy, and building support.

A review of the achievements of the 2001-2006 First Nations Strategy was
conducted in 2006. Noteworthy achievements include:

       First Nations course content hours rose from 103 in 2002 to 209.5 in
            2006;
       First Nations students who graduated from the Faculty‟s programs
            (Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degree) rose from 11 for 1995-2000
            to 18 for 2001-2006. As of 2006, there were nine undergraduate,
            three Masters and one PhD First Nations students pursing degrees
            in the Faculty.
       Research funding for First Nations related projects increased
          markedly from $100,000 in 2001 to over $700,000 in 2006.
       Appointment in 2004 of Dr. Ronald Trosper from Northern Arizona
         University as the Faculty‟s Associate Professor of Aboriginal
         Forestry.
       Establishment of a bridging partnership with Malaspina University
           College in 2004. Similar partnerships with Nicola Valley Institute of
           Technology (NVIT) and Thompson Rivers University (Williams Lake)
           are currently underdevelopment.
       Creation in 2005 of a Master‟s level graduate program titled “Forests
          and Society” with a focus on First Nations and forest land
          management.

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A summary and detailed report of the achievements entitled „Faculty of
Forestry‟s First Nations Strategy 2001-2006: Achievements and Lessons
Learnt‟ is available on request.

FNCOA and the Faculty of Forestry started preliminary work for its next
Strategic Plan in early 2006. Preparations began with the establishment of a
strategic planning sub-committee responsible for the coordination and
development of the strategy. It consisted of the co-chairs of FNCOA, the
Associate Professor of Aboriginal Forestry, the Coordinator of Aboriginal
Initiatives, and the Director of Development and Development Officer for
the Faculty of Forestry.

A review of achievements of the 2001-2006 Strategy, and an environmental
scan were then conducted during the fall of 2006 through a series of
interviews with representatives in government, industry, academia, and
aboriginal communities. Using the information gathered, a formal strategic
planning workshop, involving FNCOA, faculty and staff, was held in
November 2006. A SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)
Analysis was conducted as part of the workshop to highlight changes,
trends and expectations currently affecting aboriginal communities and the
forest sector, particularly in British Columbia. A similar assessment was
undertaken for the academic environment of the Faculty of Forestry. Key
factors included: changes in government policy, such as the new
relationship agreements, to increase aboriginal communities access and
involvement in the forest sector; the capacity of aboriginal communities to
meet land-use planning and business needs in response to policy changes;
the challenges in identifying of research needs for aboriginal communities;
the difficulty for the Faculty (and other Forestry schools) in attracting
students into their programs; the educational challenges for aboriginal
students in gaining the pre-requisites for University; the affordability of living
in Vancouver; the possible realignment of the Faculty and present budget
constraints; and the need for the Faculty to raise awareness and build closer
relationships with aboriginal alumni and with aboriginal communities. These
developments and many others guided the Faculty‟s choice of goals and
strategies for the new First Nations Strategy.

The strategic planning workshop also brought about a shift in the language
used to describe First Nations. Whilst the term „First Nations‟ was always
intended to be inclusive of all who descend from the pre-contact
indigenous people of Canada, it was considered that use of the term
„aboriginal‟ would embrace all indigenous peoples, and their traditions,
from Canada and around the world. That being said, there are aspects to
the British Columbia First Nations that are unique and there is still the
occasional use of this terminology in the new Strategy.

The plan ‘Furthering Aboriginal Forestry: A Strategic Plan for 2007-2010’ is
designed to guide the Faculty‟s First Nations Initiative/Aboriginal Forestry
Initiative and was made available to FNCOA, faculty, and staff for
comment during its development. It was decided that rather than
developing another five-year plan, the new Strategy would only cover
three years to align it with other University planning initiatives - such as
UBC‟s „Trek 2010: Vision for the Future‟ and the Faculty of Forestry‟s
„Roadmap 2010.‟ Close attention was given to both of these documents
when setting the goals for the new Strategy to ensure they also contributed
to the attainment of Faculty and University goals.




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 VISION
 Guided by indigenous values, and in partnership with all
 British Columbians, we will be a global leader in
 indigenous forest stewardship, and the building and
 sharing of forest knowledge for future generations
 through exceptional learning experiences.

 What our vision means:
“indigenous values” – To ensure the strategy remains as inclusive as possible,
 the word „indigenous‟ was used to encompass all First Nations, Métis, and
 Inuit peoples in Canada, and all individuals living in an region since pre-
 European contact internationally.

“global leader” – The Faculty of Forestry aims to be a world leader in
 education and research for the conservation and sustainable
 management of forests and forest products while contributing to the
 preservation of the environment, improving the welfare of society, and
 increasing awareness of indigenous cultures.

“in partnership with all British Columbians” – As residents of British Columbia
 and supporters of the University‟s mandate, our primary goal is to serve the
 people of this Province. All must recognize that whether we undertake
 education and research here or abroad, British Columbian‟s will benefit.

“indigenous forest stewardship” – Entails the environmentally and socially
 responsible use, management and development of forest resources and
 values by indigenous peoples in order to maintain and enhance the value
 of the forest for present and future generations.

“building and sharing forest knowledge” – Through research partnerships the
 Faculty hopes to increase knowledge sharing between Aboriginal
 communities, the University, and the forest and wood sectors.

“exceptional learning experiences”– By incorporating aboriginal content
 into existing undergraduate and graduate courses the Faculty aims to
 provide all students with a basic understanding of aboriginal issues that will
 serve them throughout their careers. The UBC Faculty of Forestry is
 dedicated to providing a positive environment for students, staff and
 faculty that is respectful of cultural diversity and supportive of aboriginal
 tradition and custom.




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MISSION
The Faculty of Forestry will work with the indigenous
peoples of British Columbia and throughout the world to
enhance participation and success of aboriginal people
in the forest sector, broadly defined.
The Strategy‟s mission coincides with missions‟ set forth by the UBC „Trek
2010: Vision for the Future,‟ the Faculty of Forestry‟s „Road Map 2010,‟ and
the First Nations House of Learning Mandate. All documents express a need
for increased accessibility to resources and conditions for learning and
research, increased knowledge sharing between various academic and
non-academic entities, and the fostering of international cooperation, for
the benefit and advancement of aboriginal peoples.




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GUIDING PRINCIPLES
In the quest to achieve our mission and vision the
following principles will be reflected in all that we do.

Inclusivity:
We will involve all relevant players and support strong provincial, national
and international partnerships between First Nations, the Faculty of Forestry,
the forest industry (in its broadest terms), UBC, other post-secondary
institutions, NGO‟s and government.


Respect:
We will recognize and respect the diversity between and within First
Nations, and maintain an open perspective and respect for views on First
Nation‟s issues and standpoints


Learning:
We will be academically sound within the Faculty of Forestry‟s education
and research mandate


Affordability:
We will be an affordable educational experience, in terms of both financial
obligations and emotional costs


Relevance:
We will be practical, timely and directly related to meeting the anticipated
needs of First Nations and the forest sector (in its broadest definition)


Strength:
We will build on and continuously improve the existing initiatives and
strengths within the Faculty of Forestry, the University of British Columbia and
the province of BC


Community:
We will develop and foster relationships and a sense of community that is
welcoming to students, faculty, business and the general public.




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STRATEGIC GOALS

People
UBC Trek 2010: Visions for the Future:“Believing in the importance of an
educated citizenry that contributes positively to the well-being and
improvement of all, UBC will reflect the values of a civil society in the
selection and recognition of faculty and staff, in the recruitment and
retention of outstanding students who understand the value of civic
engagement, in its relations with the Aboriginal communities of our region,
and in the facilities we provide that will make it possible for everyone to
live, work, and study in the most supportive environment possible.”

Aboriginal Forestry Program: The recruitment and retention of aboriginal
students, as a proportion of overall student population, has always been an
area of concern for the Faculty. Reasons that have been identified for low
aboriginal enrolment/success include: limited financial resources, lack of
educational support while at UBC – particularly in the fields of mathematics
and science, the need for an aboriginal framework to offer resources and
support to aboriginal students, and providing mechanisms whereby
aboriginal students can bridge into UBC from institutions closer to their
communities. To address these issues the Faculty will need to build on
previous initiatives designed specifically around aboriginal student
recruitment and academic success. Some examples of these initiatives
include summer camps to stress the importance of high school
sciences/mathematics as University prerequisites, the hiring of a
Coordinator of Aboriginal Initiatives to organize social and academic
events for aboriginal students and offer support, bridging partnerships with
other institutions, and the creation of scholarship funding specifically for
aboriginal students studying forestry, broadly defined to incorporate all five
of the Faculty‟s programs. It is acknowledged that attention paid to
retention of aboriginal students at the undergraduate level will in turn lead
to an increase in aboriginal students at the graduate level.

By 2010, the Faculty of Forestry will:

       Increase the number of new Forestry undergraduate Aboriginal
           students to 5% (or more) of the total new first year student
           population.
       Increase the number of Aboriginal students that graduate to 80% of
           the total number of Aboriginal students that enter the Faculty of
           Forestry.
       Increase to 12 the number of ongoing Aboriginal-related research
           projects for both non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal graduate
           students.
       Increase to at least 4 the number of Aboriginal graduate students
           working on research projects within the Faculty.
       Have a permanent Coordinator of Aboriginal Initiatives position
          within the Faculty.




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Learning
UBC Trek 2010: Visions for the Future: “By promoting excellence at every
level, we shall help our students to become leaders in their chosen fields,
achieve their personal and career goals, and contribute effectively to the
well-being of society. Our students will develop an understanding of their
responsibilities as members of a global society, including the need to
respect the natural environment and live in harmony with their fellow
human beings. They will learn to push boundaries and take risks in search of
new knowledge and unconventional ideas. They will acquire strong
analytical and communication skills, and continue to develop their ideas
beyond graduation through life-long learning.”

Aboriginal Forestry Program: An ever-changing forest sector requires the
Faculty to constantly update its curriculum, practices, and methodology;
which can take time in a large institution. The Faculty is constantly seeking
ways to expose students to the international, cultural, technological, and
social aspects in the many fields associated with forestry to create a well-
rounded student. The Faculty has expanded the aboriginal content in
many of its courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and is now
looking at how it can broaden its curriculum to introduce more flexibility
and attract a more diverse range of students. Demand from aboriginal
communities currently faced with new tenure arrangements also suggests
a need to develop continuing education opportunities in land and
resources management planning and business planning.

By 2010, the Faculty of Forestry will:

       1. Implement a program/option in Aboriginal forestry.
       2. Conduct a feasibility study for the creation of a post-graduate
          diploma program in Aboriginal forestry.
       3. Develop learning opportunities in business, land-use planning
          and wood products processing.
       4. The level of Aboriginal content in all curriculum will continue to
          be maintained at a minimum of 100 hours across the five
          programs within the Faculty.


Research
UBC Trek 2010: Visions for the Future: “The University seeks to improve the
condition of life for all through basic research and the discovery,
dissemination and application of new knowledge. Through free and ethical
inquiry in all disciplines and professions, UBC researchers will enlarge our
understanding of the world, address its problems, and seek to enhance the
social and cultural aspects of human experience. At the same time, the
University recognizes the value and importance of pure research in all
areas: that is, research that may not have any immediate application, yet
ultimately contributes to the body of human knowledge.”

Aboriginal Forestry Program: Undertaking original research to increase
knowledge and understanding for the benefit of society is one of the
principal objectives of the Faculty. Although determining what research is
required and prioritizing research efforts is often complex, the Faculty is
aware that continual research into the sustainable conservation,
management and utilization of forests and forest products is important on a
national and global scale. The Faculty is also aware that the undertaking
research in aboriginal communities requires a commitment of knowledge
sharing and respect for aboriginal culture and values.

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By 2010, the Faculty of Forestry will:

       1. Develop a mechanism for continuously determining what
          Aboriginal related research is relevant.
       2. Develop a mechanism to disseminate Aboriginal related
          research results.
       3. Establish one or more community-based research partnership
          per year with Aboriginal communities, each will last 10 years or
          more.


Community
UBC Trek 2010: Visions for the Future: “While committed to its role as a
global university, UBC recognizes its responsibilities to the citizens of British
Columbia and Canada. We are accountable to the society that supports
us, and must seek ways of responding to its needs and concerns through
research, through educational outreach, and through partnerships that
bring mutual benefit. We should also invite our alumni to participate more
fully in our affairs, and to contribute their expertise and experience to
career development, fundraising, advocacy, and new educational
opportunities for current students. UBC will expand its community presence
by developing Community Service Learning courses and programs; by
devising more joint programs with other provincial post-secondary
institutions; and by offering new learning opportunities to meet the needs
of communities and life-long learners throughout British Columbia.”

Aboriginal Forestry Program: The Faculty‟s image is sometimes perceived as
a barrier to individuals seeking education in the forest and environmental
sciences. Forestry is often viewed as a „sunset industry‟, and accompanied
by other misinformation, low aboriginal student enrolment could be partly
blamed on the need for better communication on the Faculty‟s programs
and opportunities for aboriginal students. The Coordinator of Aboriginal
Initiatives, FNCOA, and the UBC First Nations House of Learning, together
with our growing cadre of aboriginal alumni, play a vital role in raising
awareness with potential aboriginal students and the broader aboriginal
and non-aboriginal community on Faculty programs, research and post-
graduate opportunities. Building stronger partnerships between aboriginal
communities and our research forests, also offers unique possibilities for the
knowledge exchange and community development.

By 2010, the Faculty of Forestry will:

       1. Have plans for at least four opportunities per year for Aboriginal
          communities to visit and participate in activities of the Faculty
          (including our research forests), meet faculty, alumni and
          students.
       2. Have designed a communications plan – with a plan for
          implementation and building on the strengths that are already in
          place; involving FNCOA members.
       3. Support the research forests in developing relationships with the
          Aboriginal communities within whose research territories they
          exist.
       4. Develop linkages with other organizations to lend support for
          Aboriginal Initiative activities within the Faculty.




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Internationalization
UBC Trek 2010: Vision for the Future: “In a world where countries are
increasingly interdependent, we share a common responsibility to protect
and conserve natural resources, promote global health and well-being,
and foster international co-operation. UBC is already part of a growing
network of learning that encompasses the globe; we must strengthen
established links and develop new ones through enhanced student
mobility and study abroad programs, faculty and staff exchange
opportunities, and educational consortia. We shall encourage research
projects that link UBC faculty and students with their peers around the
world, including projects that address global problems in health, safety,
economic opportunity, human rights, and environmental integrity.

The University will seek to broaden global awareness both on and off the
campus through innovative programs and educational outreach in a
variety of formats. We shall also attempt to make the concept of global
citizenship an integral part of undergraduate learning through its
introduction into our core programs. We shall work to increase
understanding of Aboriginal cultures in other parts of the world, and bring
scholars from many different cultures to UBC. “

Aboriginal Forestry Program: The Faculty wishes to expose students and
faculty to the global forestry network through international experiences
and the exchange of knowledge through international partnerships and
collaborations. To accomplish such a goal the Faculty must utilize student
exchange opportunities, work placements, co-op programs, etc. in order
to create a global forest network and improve knowledge sharing in the
international community. Global awareness and recognition of indigenous
communities traditional connections with the global forest estate has seen
a change in the interaction between indigenous peoples and the wider
community over recent years.

By 2010, the Faculty of Forestry will:

       1. Develop at least four co-op/exchange opportunities
          internationally, either from or within indigenous communities
          and/or addressing indigenous issues.
       2. The Faculty will host a 2nd international conference related to
          Indigenous forestry.




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IMPLEMENTATION
An implementation plan to accomplish the goals listed above is under
development and will be available from the UBC Faculty of Forestry in the
near future.

The implementation plan will contain a structured monitoring and
evaluation process to be overseen by the First Nations Council of Advisors
to ensure that the strategy is achieving what it was intended to
accomplish. Successful implementation of this strategy will play a key role
in assisting the Faculty, University, the Province, and Aboriginal communities
themselves, in overcoming the challenges and take best advantage of the
opportunities that come with increased First Nation‟s involvement in the
forest sector.




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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
This document is submitted on behalf of the First Nations Council of Advisors
to give the Faculty of Forestry strategic direction for its Aboriginal Forestry
Program over the next three years.

The Council and the Faculty of Forestry wishes to thank all those who
contributed to the development of ‘Furthering Aboriginal Forestry: A
Strategic Plan for 2007-2010’ by taking the time to provide comment and
offer suggestions.

First Nations Council of Advisors and UBC Strategic Planning Workshop
Participants:

Victoria Alfred     Student, Forest Sciences, UBC
Rowena Anderson Development Officer, Forestry, UBC
Keith Atkinson      RPF, President, Coast Forest Management
Katrina Evans       Director of Development, Forestry, UBC
Alex Ferguson       Deputy Commissioner, BC Oil and Gas
Warren Fortier      Coordinator of Aboriginal Initiatives, UBC
Cathryn Hale        Bachelor of Science, Forest Sciences, UBC
Dawna Harden        Manager of Policy and Interim Measures, Aboriginal
Affairs             Branch, Ministry of Forests & Range.
Carleigh Johnston Student, Natural Resources Conservation, UBC
Lennard Joe         Owner-Operator, Grizzly-man Resource Management
                    Ltd.
Bruce Larson        Head of Department, Forest Resources Management,
                    UBC
Peter Marshall      Faculty Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, UBC
Gary Merkel         Forest Innovations Consulting, FNCOA Co-Chair
Debbie Miller       Negotiator, Katzie First Nations
Jim McGrath         Professional Forester, Kamloops Indian Band
Lyle Mueller        Aboriginal Programs and Services Coordinator, UBC
                    Okanagan
Dave Nordquist      Professional Forester, Adams Lake Indian Band
Gordon Prest        Consultant, FNCOA Co-Chair
Darrell Robb        Forests Director, Aboriginal Affairs Branch
Nicole Robinson     Associate Director, BC Forum on Forest Economics and
                    Policy
Brian Robinson      Director of Member Relations and Professional Practice,
                    Association of BC Professional Foresters
Jack Saddler        Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, UBC
Bev Sellars         BC Treaty Commission
Ron Trosper         Faculty Associate Professor of First Nations Studies, UBC
Dwight Yochim       Association of BC Professional Foresters
Matt Wealick        Professional Forester Manager of Ch-ihl-kway-uhk
                    Forestry
Laurie Vaughan      President, Administrative and General Management
                    Consulting
Richard Vedan       Director, First Nations House of Learning, UBC

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