B.C. forestry companies agree to abide by cedar protocols drafted by Indigenous council

BINNY PAUL, LOCAL JOURNALISM INITIATIVE REPORTER

Forestry companies Western Forest Products Inc. and Interfor Corporation have agreed to follow Indigenous protocols pertaining to large cultural cedars set by an Indigenous Council in B.C.

Several other forestry companies and BC Timber Sales have also indicated their intention to abide by traditional laws outlined in “Large Cultural Cedar (LCC)Operation Protocol,” according to a statement from the Nanwakolas Council.

The council consists of five First Nations members –Mamalilikulla, Tlowitsis, Da’naxda’xw Awaetlala, Wei Wai Kum, and K’ómoks – with traditional territories on northern Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland.

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