Indigenous peoples in North America and around the world have long relied on forests for cultural, spiritual and material needs - and the SFI program recognizes forest operations may have an impact on these communities. SFI actively outreaches and builds partnerships with indigenous communities, and improves awareness of the SFI program and its community involvement requirements.
Today, 39 aboriginal and tribal groups across North America manage more than 10.6 million acres (4.3 million hectares) of forest land, certified to the standards of the independent, non-profit Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
In May 2013 SFI signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) to assist in growing our relationship, engagement and outreach with the indigenous community by encouraging SFI Program Participants to seek certification under their Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program and support a dual logo process.
In the News
- Radio Interview - SFI's Kathy Abusow speaks on CBC Radio about the SFI Small-Scale Foreset Management Module for Indigenous Peoples, Families, and Communities pilot
September 18, 2018
- News Article - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples: How forests bring us together
August 9, 2018
- News Article - Guest Column by Lennard Joe: The future looks bright for sustainable forestry
July 6, 2018
- News Article - Opinion: First Nations and forestry: A growing collaboration
June 21, 2017
- News Article - Forestry opportunities useful for First Nations
June 21, 2016