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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.
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.
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.
Since 2001, virtually every environmental and natural resource law in British Columbia has been amended or repealed.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.
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.
This Submission is a response to the International Joint Commissions (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
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.
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.