Biological Diversity Ecosystem Condition and Productivity Soil and Water Role in Global Ecological Cycles Economic and Social Benefits Society's Responsibility
Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Aboriginal Traditional Land Use and Forest-based Ecological Knowledge Forest Community Well-being and Resilience Fair and Effective Decision Making Informed Decision Making
Indicator 6.2.1 Area of crown forest land with traditional land use studies
6.2 Aboriginal Traditional Land Use and Forest-based Ecological Knowledge
Aboriginal peoples possess a vast amount of traditional ecological knowledge related to the forest that has been passed down from generation to generation over the centuries.

In recent years, the western scientific community has begun to recognize traditional knowledge for its value to contemporary environmental management and has called for the incorporation of this knowledge in sustainable forest management planning. This element gauges the progress made by Canada’s various jurisdictions in reaching this goal.

Provinces have undertaken efforts to gather information on Aboriginal traditional ecological knowledge, funding a variety of studies to map the location of areas traditionally used by or of cultural importance to Aboriginal peoples. There have also been many uncatalogued traditional land use studies conducted throughout Canada over the years, resulting in an incomplete understanding of traditional knowledge across the country.

Despite the progress made under this element, there is a need to improve the information base of these studies to ensure that where considered appropriate by Aboriginal people, this valuable knowledge is transferred from its traditional users to nontraditional users such as the forest industry and private woodlot owners. This will provide an additional set of time-tested tools to forest managers and bring Canada closer to reaching the goal of sustainable forest management.