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The Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) Tribal Council is engaged in many governance building processes to uphold their jurisdiction over their territory, as their ancestors have done for the past 14,000 years.

Author: Heiltsuk Tribal Council, Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department, West Coast Environmental Law,
Publication Date: October 2018
Pages: 10
Caretakers of the Land and its People

Over the past several years, lawyers at West Coast Environmental Law have received a number of inquiries from Indigenous trapline holders in BC seeking to protect their hereditary and registered traplines from the cumulative impacts of various industrial projects including logging, mining, hydroe

Author: Bud Napoleon and Hannah Askew, With contributions from Siumshun (Richard Billy), Erica Stahl, Nico McKay, Yasmeen Peer, and Christina Clemente
Publication Date: August 2018
Pages: 92

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.

Author: Dean Billy, Lindsay Borrows, Jessica Clogg, Helen Copeland
Publication Date: June 2018
Pages: 203

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.

Author: Dean Billy, Lindsay Borrows, Jessica Clogg, Helen Copeland
Publication Date: June 2018
Pages: 44

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 gu

Author: Dean Billy, Lindsay Borrows, Jessica Clogg, Helen Copeland
Publication Date: June 2018
Pages: 10
Guardian Watchmen: Upholding Indigenous Laws to Protect Land and Sea

For thousands of years, the Indigenous peoples of the place now known as British Columbia have protected and managed the lands and waters of their territories.

Author: Alex Kirby, Jana Kotaska, Coastal Stewardship Network
Publication Date: March 2018
Pages: 8
SNTC Telling the RELAW Story

The Shuswap Nation Tribal Council (SNTC) has spearheaded a multi-year effort to engage all Secwépemc communities in a conversation about how to best achieve

Author: Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: March 2018
Pages: 8
WCEL BC EA Reform Cover January 2018

In the summer of 2017, BC’s new provincial government promised to reform environmental assessment and planning in British Columbia.

Author: Gavin Smith, Anna Johnston, Hannah Askew
Publication Date: January 2018
Pages: 24
Between Law and Action

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted in 2007, and was endorsed by the Government of Canada in 2016. More recently, the federal government released its Principles res

Author: Hannah Askew, Corey Snelgrove, Kelsey R Wrightson, Don Couturier, Alisa Koebel, Linda Nowlan, Karen Bakker
Publication Date: September 2017
Pages: 54
Paddling Together Report

The combined effect of hundreds of thousands of different approvals, licences and unpermitted activities have combined over time to degrade our natural life support systems – the web of life that we are part of, and depend upon, to sustain our cultures and economies.

Author: Jessica Clogg, Gavin Smith, Deborah Carlson, Hannah Askew
Publication Date: June 2017
Pages: 120

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