The RELAW project – which stands for Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water – was launched by West Coast Environmental Law in 2016 with the support and guidance of the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria. RELAW provides co-learning opportunities and legal support to Indigenous nations seeking to revitalize and apply their own laws to current environmental challenges. The St’át’imc were part of the first cohort of nations who participated in RELAW.
Over the course of a one year period from June 2016 to May 2017 the St’át’imc RELAW team read approximately a hundred publicly available St’át’imc stories, travelled throughout the territory to learn from the wisdom of Elders about the legal principles embedded in these stories, and met with members of all eleven St’át’imc communities.
Revitalizing St’át’imc Law for Land, Air and Water: Telling the RELAW Story is a short booklet that describes the St’át’imc RELAW journey, who was involved and what the outcomes were.