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People and Trees: The Cultural Cost of Forest Co-management in Nitassinan/ Labrador | Engaging Resources
New Anthropological Perspectives on Natural Resource Environments

People and Trees: The Cultural Cost of Forest Co-management in Nitassinan/ Labrador

Carolina Tytelman, Memorial University

This research is focused on the Forest Management Committee, an interim co-management board established by Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Innu Nation of Labrador in 2003 that has responsibilities over 2.1 million hectares of forest land in Labrador. Drawing on two years of fieldwork in Labrador working with the Innu people of Sheshatshiu, I examine various ideas and practices concerning the forest and its “management.” I consider the ontological differences that sustain these ideas and practices in a context of internal colonialism and expansion over natural resources where both the state/aboriginal people relationship and the paradigm of natural resources management are in a process of reconfiguration. This work examines the ways in which Innu people’s conceptions of the world are presented, reflected and negotiated in this co-management board.