Website for Conservation 370:  Aboriginal Forestry
Instructor: Andrea Lyall

This course will provide an overview of Aboriginals and natural resources, with an emphasis on Aboriginal participation in Forestry.


Although there are no formal pre-requisites for taking this course, it is scheduled for third year students. A background in political science, anthropology or sociology may be helpful. Parts of the course also assume some familiarity with forestry.

Course Description

First Nations of British Columbia have gradually moved from the periphery to the centre of forest management and natural resource policy. Today, most professional land managers cannot avoid dealing with aboriginal rights and title issues at some point in their professional careers. This course has been designed to introduce students in forestry and natural resources conservation to the issues that they will encounter in their professional work with (or for) Aboriginal communities and organizations. The course is divided into three parts.

Part 1 examines the differences in world views between Aboriginal peoples and others when planning land management actions.

Part 2 contains an examination of the recent decisions of the Canadian Supreme Court, which have changed the history of the ‘Indian land question’ in British Columbia. We examine the implications of these decisions for modern-day agreements between Aboriginal people, Canada, and the Provinces.

Part 3 examines issues of disputed governance, and the proposed approaches to consultation, co-management and cooperation which are being utilized to address conflict among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal resource interests.