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Land Use Planning
Numerous land use and resource agreements have been negotiated with the Province and significant progress has been made in the last few years on implementing these agreements.
In December 2009, the Province and Coastal First Nations signed a Reconciliation Protocol that committed the parties to the following:
- Confirm and renew government-to-government arrangements through which the Parties can work collaboratively on a shared decision-making and transformative change agenda;
- Provide a framework for land and resource decision making that is more efficient, effective and responsive to the interests of First Nations and the Province; and
- Establish agreement on carbon offsets, revenue sharing and other economic measures and strategies that will assist First Nations to achieve progress toward socio-economic objectives.
Parallel to the agreements executed between the Province and Coastal First Nations, the Council of the Haida Nation finalized agreements with the Province on a Strategic Land Use Plan and a Reconciliation Protocol.
Activities currently being focused on include:
Improved land and natural resource stewardship through:
- Effective development and implementation of shared decision making with respect to lands and natural resources.
Improved level of human well-being in First Nation communities through:
- Inventory and procurement of economic opportunities in protected areas and the wilderness tourism sector;
- Procurement of viable tenure opportunities in the forestry sector; and
- Negotiation of economic partnerships and benefit sharing agreements with third-party commercial operators.
Ecological integrity maintained through:
- Development and implementation of conservancy management plans;
- Design and implementation of landscape reserve plans; and
- Effective implementation of land use objectives.