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Indigenous Laws in the Context of Conservation cover

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) are defined by the Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE) as “lands and waters where Indigenous governments have the primary role in protecting and conserving ecosystems

Author: Georgia Lloyd-Smith, WCEL, Larry Innes, Olthuis Kleer Townshend, Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership - University of Guelph
Publication Date: March 2021
Pages: 36
Blueprint for restoring ecological governance to the Lower Fraser River cover

The Lower Fraser River and its estuary host a remarkable diversity of species within a globally important ecosystem, including its role as one of the greatest salmon bearing rivers in the world.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: October 2020
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
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

An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed by

Author: open letter
Publication Date: November 2015
Pages: 1

An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change regarding the NEB process.

Author: open letter
Publication Date: November 2015
Pages: 4
The eighteen legal challenges to the federal
Author: Gavin Smith, Justine Desmond
Publication Date: July 2015
The Andrew Thompson award was established in 2002 by West Coast Environmental Law and the Thompson family as a legacy to Dr. Andrew Thompson, and was made possible through the generosity of the Thompson family.
Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: November 2014
Pages: 2

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