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
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In the summer of 2017, BC’s new provincial government promised to reform environmental assessment and planning in British Columbia.
An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed by
West Coast Environmental Law has reviewed the platforms of the BC Liberal Party, the BC NDP, and the BC Green Party on a number of key environmental issues.
Many of the leading cases regarding the constitutional duties of the Crown to First Nations have arisen in the forestry context.
The ground-breaking decision of Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, released on November 21, 2007, offers the Province and Canada some incentive to recognize and affirm First Nations title and rights.
Developing strategic land use plans can be a powerful way for a First Nation to exercise its Aboriginal Title, and to translate its laws and the wisdom of its Elders into maps and written rules that communicate its choices about land and water use to the Crown and third parties.
The nature of the forest industry in British Columbia is closely linked to the forest tenure system through which rights and responsibilities for forest management are allocated.
Since 2001, virtually every environmental and natural resource law in British Columbia has been amended or repealed. In particular, shifts in the scope and nature of statutory decision-making under new “results-based” regulation have had profound implications for First Nations.