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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

Indigenous peoples have been governing marine territories using their own legal traditions since time immemorial. For the most part, Indigenous legal orders have not been recognized or upheld in the governance of marine protected areas (MPAs) in Canada.

Author: Georgia Lloyd-Smith
Publication Date: June 2017
Pages: 16

West Coast Environmental La

Author: Decolonizing Water
Publication Date: October 2016
Pages: 2
JELP Article

This paper, published in the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, provides an introduction to sources of Indigenous law and the theoretical underpinnings of Indigenous law-based approaches to contemporary environmental management in Canada.

Author: Jessica Clogg, Hannah Askew, Eugene Kung, Gavin Smith
Publication Date: September 2016
Pages: 24

An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed by

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