George said his key message was articulated by Satsan, the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief, who said, “People must understand that our activity on the land is not a result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic. It is a result of Aboriginal title and rights.”
In September 2005, First Nations gathered at a mountain pine beetle conference. Discussions with B.C. Minister of Forests and Range the Honourable Rich Coleman resulted in the creation of the First Nations Mountain Pine Beetle Initiative (FNMPBI).
FNMPBI is harmonizing the various existing mountain pine beetle action plans to identify “areas of commonality to exploit quickly,” and to establish management plans to ensure “the differences don’t separate us further,” George said.
The balanced scorecard model was used to develop a strategy. “We found that the government has incredible silos,” George said. “We need a horizontal strategy that cuts across them.”