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February 4, 2020

Narrow Federal Court of Appeal decision is a blow for reconciliation and sustainability, lawyers say  

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law
October 24, 2019

VICTORIA, BC, Lekwungen Territories – West Coast Environmental Law Association is celebrating today’s introduction of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, which will bring the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UN Declaration”) into provincial law.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law
September 21, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – The federal government’s “first step” to proceed with the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project fails to address the critical issue of Indigenous consultation, says West Coast Environmental Law.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law
August 17, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Lawyers at West Coast Environmental Law issued the following statement in response to the

Topics: Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law, Marine Protection, Ocean Laws
August 15, 2018

Trappers’ stories illustrate cumulative impact of industrial activity on lands, waters and wildlife

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Lands & Forests, Fish & Wildlife, Healthy Waters, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law
July 30, 2018

RELAW project works with Indigenous nations to revitalize Indigenous environmental laws

Topics: Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law, RELAW, Sharing Stories
December 14, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – West Coast Environmental Law Association is pleased to see today’s announcement that the BC government has refused to grant an environmental assessment certificate for the proposed KGHM Ajax open-pit gold and copper mine.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment, Lands & Forests, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law, Environmental Legal Aid, EDRF Legal Aid Fund
October 11, 2017

Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Today environmental leaders from across Canada will converge at ground zero for the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tankers project, on the water in Burrard Inlet.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law
October 6, 2017

Unceded Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver BC - British Columbians deserve the same federal climate review for the Kinder Morgan pipeline project as was promised for Energy East, says a diverse group of BC First Nations, local groups and citizens.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law
September 28, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Canada’s plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) will require substantial changes in how we make decisions affecting water, according to a

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Healthy Waters, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law
June 30, 2017

Fifty years ago, on the centennial of confederation, Chief Dan George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation said:

"Oh Canada, how can I celebrate with you this centenary, this hundred years?"

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law, RELAW