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First Nation’s perspective shared with UBC forestry students

April 18, 2024  By CFI Staff

Percy Guichon. Photo: Annex Business Media.

Percy Guichon, executive director of Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation Ltd. (CCR) and councillor of Tŝideldel First Nation, recently delivered a compelling presentation to third-year forestry students at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Guichon’s talk provided invaluable insights into forestry and reconciliation, offering a perspective deeply rooted in the experiences of Indigenous communities.

Nearly 90 students, accompanied by professor Gary Bull, had the opportunity to delve into the remarkable success story of the Tŝideldel First Nation. Guichon’s narrative shed light on the profound impact of the Nation’s initiatives on land management, community development, and intercultural partnerships across B.C.

Bull stressed the importance of such interactions.

“It is essential that university students are exposed to the lives, challenges, and opportunities of the First Nations in B.C.”


One student from the Ulkatcho First Nation, Haleigh Parker, reflected on the transformative potential of the presentation, expressing newfound hope for her own community’s future.

“This presentation showed me what is possible for remote, rural communities that may have limited resources in the eyes of Western science and economics,” Parker said.

Guichon highlighted the Tŝideldel First Nation’s commitment to cultural preservation, community well-being, and economic prosperity through partnerships like CCR, a joint venture with Tl’etinqox Government. Quinn Kenny, a forestry student at UBC, emphasized the tangible changes witnessed within the Tŝideldel community, from state-of-the-art facilities to thriving enterprises.

The presentation also underscored the Nation’s sustainable forestry practices, aligning business activities with Indigenous values. Students, like Austin Lee, expressed their intention to prioritize sustainable harvesting methods in their future careers.

Looking ahead, the Tŝideldel First Nation continues to inspire, with its trajectory capturing the interest of observers across the province. As collaborations between UBC and Tŝideldel flourish, opportunities for mutual learning and understanding are envisioned, bridging the gap between Western science and traditional ecological knowledge.

Bull envisions future endeavors, including student-led projects and retreats, aimed at fostering deeper connections with Indigenous communities. The dialogue initiated by Guichon’s presentation signals a promising path towards reconciliation and sustainable forestry practices in British Columbia.

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