The Battle in the Forest
The Trade in Indian Trees
From: Unsettling Canada
The Battle in the Forest discusses Manuel’s experiences working with and against B.C. forestry. The chapter explores how Indigenous people and lands bear the brunt of the logging’s impact on the natural environment of Canada, and all while Indigenous people receive no benefits. The chapter follows the growing intervention taken on the behalf of Indigenous communities across the country to create a more sustainable and beneficial industry.
Arthur Manuel fought for decades for Indigenous land and human rights in Canada and internationally. He participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from its inception in 2002 and served as spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET) from 2003 to 2016. Working through INET, Manuel succeeded in having the struggle for Aboriginal title and treaty rights injected into international financial institutions, setting important precedents for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. Manuel was a spokesperson for the Defenders of the Land.