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Opportunity for First Nations, northern communities to partner on forestry, Teegee says – Vancouver Is Awesome

BC Assembly of First Nations regional chief Terry Teegee foresees more partnerships between First Nations and small communities to keep forest industry healthy.

Terry Teegee can sympathize with the Mackenzie mayor Joan Atkinson when she watches truckloads of harvested trees bypassing her northern B.C. town and its shuttered mills.

The regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations is in agreement with Atkinson in her belief that perhaps there is a better way to keep people working in the forest industry by giving smaller communities the right to process Crown timber in the same region where it was logged.

“Over 20 years ago appurtenancy was taken away from small communities so you were no longer required to process that wood into places like Mackenzie and that allowed many industries to access timber that was a lot further away, “ said Teegee, who spoke Thursday morning at the B.C. Council of First Nations convention in Prince George.

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