Cultural Wood Access Program


The Cultural Wood Access Program is a co-managed permitting process that merges the Ministry of Forests' Free Use Permit  and the Council of the Haida Nation's Right To Access Permit.

The intent of the new permitting process is to ensure accountability and more efficient management and utilization of the forests in the provision of wood for traditional and cultural activities.  The CHN and the BC Ministry of Forests (MFR) will facilitate respectful access to the forest for the long-term benefit of Haida Culture for generations to come.

A Haida individual can apply for timber for a specific cultural project such as a totem pole, canoe, or longhouse.  However, the quantity and quality of timber will be dependant on what is needed to support the proposed project.  The wood is intended for the purpose of the approved project only.

 The applicant must complete the Cultural Wood Access Permit application and include specific volume requirements, blueprints, and letters of support for the project. The applicant will propose specific areas where the wood will be harvested together with the Process Coordinator.  Wood source areas will be designated to ensure sustainable management practices and to ensure the appropriate quality of timber is used to match the proposed project. Complete applications are submitted for review by an Advisory Board made up of representatives from the CHN, MFR, Band Council representatives from each village, and Hereditary chiefs. Complete applications that meet the approved criteria are recommended to CHN and MFR for approval.

For further information on the Haida Gwaii Cultural Wood Access Program, see the links below:

For more information, inquiries can be directed to the District office at