Whitefeather Forest Initiative

Whitefeather Forest Management Corporation

In the Whitefeather Forest Initiative we are bringing our research tradition together with the research traditions of western science to develop new knowledge in support of the Whitefeather Forest Initiative. We undertook extensive community-based research for the Indigenous Knowledge data set used in the development of Keeping the Land, our land use strategy. The Ministry of Natural Resources joined with our Elders in a consensus that our planning process should be information led bringing together the best of our respective knowledge traditions. As well we have undertaken community-based research related to specific topics to support our planning efforts. This has included, for example, research related to species at risk.

Continuing research projects will extend from the use of fire in forest management, to developing more knowledge of how caribou live in the Whitefeather Forest, to learning more about the commercial potential of our forest. This knowledge will be used to continue our tradition of sustaining the Forest.

We also are interested sharing our research and knowledge at conferences and other meetings. For example, in 2004 the Whitefeather Forest Initiative was presented at the inaugural Sharing Indigenous Wisdom conference of the Sustainable Development Institute of the College of the Menominee Nation. The paper we presented was published in the volume of the proceedings of the 2004 conference. In 2007, this time with research partners, we presented new research from the Whitefeather Forest Initiative at the Second Sharing Indigenous Wisdom conference.

The following research products from Whitefeather Forest Management Corporation are available on this site:


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The Whitefeather Forest lies within ancestral lands of the people of Pikangikum First Nation in Northwestern Ontario, Canada.

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