Darwin Horning

The “State of First Nations Involvement & Use of Indigenous Knowledge within Land Use and Conservation Planning in British Columbia”, preliminary research project seeks to develop an understanding of the degree of First Nations involvement throughout various phases of resource and conservation planning in British Columbia and to determine degree to which Indigenous Knowledge (IK) has been incorporated into resource management plans in British Columbia. Using a criteria-based assessment to conduct a longitudinal study of management plans from 1995- 2016, this research attempts to identify the trends and variables associated with indigenous participation and IK inclusion in resource management planning in British Columbia. The results from this initial assessment highlight, best practices, model plans and examples on how IK has been in included in resource and conservation planning in British Columbia.  The outcomes of this assessment are intended to advance existing planning processes and ensure that IK is effectively included in resource management planning in the future.