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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

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

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

Since 2001, virtually every environmental and natural resource law in British Columbia has been amended or repealed.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

In this submission West Coast Environmental Law provides detailed comments on the BC Ministry of Forests and Range (MoFR) report “Future Forest Ecosystems of BC: Draft Recommendations for Review and Comment.

Author: Clogg, Jessica
Publication Date: August 2006
Pages: 9

This Submission is a response to the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) requests for comments on the application of the Canadian Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission (CCRIFC) to have the IJC enforce the conditions of its Order of Approval for the Grand Coulee Dam and reservoir (th

Author: Gage, Andrew; Bankes, Nigel (assistance)
Publication Date: October 2005
Pages: 10

This report is aimed at providing background information and analysis that will assist attendees at a workshop convened by the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection to discuss air quality issues on and around Indian Reserves.

Author: Rolfe, Chris
Publication Date: February 2005
Pages: 34

This discussion paper analyses the impacts and implications of recent Forest Act amendments contained in Bills 27, 28, 29, 44 & 45 for BC First Nations. In spring 2003, the British Columbia provincial government introduced 5 pieces of forestry legislation.

Author: Clogg, Jessica
Publication Date: August 2003
Pages: 38