Ep. 43Utilizing Traditional First Nations Values in Land Management, with Francis Johnson Jr.

Employees of Alkali Resource Management in Alkali Lake, BC. Francis Johnson Jr. is picture in the back left in a blue flannel.

You’ve probably heard of the Land Back movement, but an essential ingredient of Land Back initiatives will also be Fire Back—that is, returning land stewardship and burning authority to First Nations and Indigenous communities across North America and the world. We’ve spoken to a few guests who have highlighted the importance of Indigenous authority in land management in the past, but today we’ve got a whole episode on how that authority can actually be achieved at the community level and how these practices are informed by traditional Indigenous values and land management objectives.

While at the IAWF conference in Alberta last week, we had the opportunity to speak with Francis Johnson, who is the Forest Manager for Alkali Resource Management LLC—a First-Nations-owned land management company that manages a community forest in Alkali Lake, British Columbia. Francis, who is a member of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) First Nations Community, gave us some wonderful insights into how the oral histories of his band continue to inform land management activities on the community forest. We also spoke about the band’s collaborations with agencies like the BC Wildfire Service, and the reconciliations that needed to happen to make those relationships both possible and productive.

To learn more about the work that Francis and Alkali Resource Management do, check out the company’s website.

To learn more about the oral histories and land management objectives of the Secwepemc Nation, check out Francis’s presentation that was featured by the BC Community Forest Association.

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