The AFNQL supports the FSC Canada mediation initiative to ensure responsible forest management

WENDAKE, QC, Dec. 18, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The announcement yesterday by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) of a mediation process to bring stakeholders together to address issues raised recently in Canada and particularly in Quebec regarding FSC certification is well received by the AFNQL.

"FSC Canada is leading the way towards the development of a forest management standard that respect the rights and social, ecological and economic needs of First Nations. The resolution of issues related to free, prior and informed consent of First Nations is paramount, as is the protection of our forests, including intact forest landscapes and Aboriginal cultural landscapes, and protection of species at risk, including caribou, an emblematic species for many First Nations. The AFNQL can only support such an approach, focused on solutions," said Ghislain Picard, AFNQL Chief.

Certain terms of commitment of the mediation process contemplated by FSC remain to be clarified, such as the mandate, deadlines and stakeholders involved, but this mediation is an opportunity to advance the issues of First Nations.

About the AFNQL

The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is the political organization representing the Chiefs of 43 First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.

SOURCE Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador

For further information: Mélanie Vincent:, Cell. : 418-580-4442


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