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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

An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed by

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

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.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: May 2009
Pages: 1

Many of the leading cases regarding the constitutional duties of the Crown to First Nations have arisen in the forestry context.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: April 2009
Pages: 19

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.

Author: Hilland, Andrea
Publication Date: December 2007
Pages: 14

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.

Author: Clogg, Jessica
Publication Date: September 2007
Pages: 16

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.

Author: Clogg, Jessica
Publication Date: September 2007
Pages: 15

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.

Author: Clogg, Jessica
Publication Date: July 2007
Pages: 16