Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Lands in Canada

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Lands in Canada

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D.B. Tindall, Ronald L. Trosper, and Pamela Perreault (eds), Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Lands in Canada (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2013), 364 pp. Cased. $95. ISBN 978-0-7748-2334-0. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 978-0-7748-2335-7.

The four main themes in this collection of papers about forests and Aboriginal people in Canada are: history, differing perspectives, traditional ecological knowledge, and partnerships. Following an Introduction by D.B. Tindall and Ronald Trosper, these themes form the structure for the remaining seventeen chapters. Ken Coates and Keith Thor Carlson open the historical section with an overview of the stages of contact and settlement in British Columbia with examples of conflict, compromise, and accommodation. James S. Frideres, making use of a colonial settler society model, draws upon historical and social data on the place of Aboriginal peoples in Canadian society. Other chapters in the section on history cover treat y negotiations in British Columbia and direct action by Aboriginal groups. The case for incorporation of Aboriginal perspectives on land use in sustainable forest management is made in the three chapters in the next part, which is labelled 'Differing Visions'. A relativist standpoint and disclaimers in the footnotes of the chapter by Marc G. Stevenson undermine the logic of his argument but its conclusions about sustainability and the essential requirement of collaboration are consistent with the main arguments in the book. A historical chapter by Brian Chisholm opens part four, which focuses on traditional ecological knowledge. Andrew Mason's contribution, on cultural resource management, takes the UK model of archaeological trusts as an example of good practice. The final and longest section of the book, on collaborative partnerships, comprises six chapters about recent developments in British Columbia. …

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