Literature Review & Analysis of Shared Indigenous and Crown Governance in Marine Protected Areas

Marine protection, co-governance, MPAs
Coastal First Nations
West Coast Environmental Law

In the wake of BC’s historic decision to enshrine the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into law, Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative and West Coast Environmental Law teamed up to explore future possibilities in co-governance within a marine context.

This final report describes how MPAs are one important way of achieving true Nation-to-Nation or Inuit-to-Crown relationships, which uphold the Crown’s constitutional obligations while creating space for healthy interaction between Canadian and Indigenous laws.

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