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
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:
information, inquiries can be
directed to the District office at