On March 23rd, 2010 several First Nations peoples of the Central and North Pacific Coast and Haida Gwaii (the “Coastal First Nations”) issued an unequivocal declaration banning Tar Sands crude oil tanker traffic from their territories.
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NEW CASE ALERT: Crown consultation and pipelines - Brokenhead Ojibway Nation v. Canada (Attorney General), is a brief that focuses on a new Federal Court decision about the government’s duty to consult First Nations when considering pipeline projects (May 2009).
The proposed 1,170 kilometre-long Enbridge Gateway Pipeline project would stretch from the Alberta tar sands to a marine terminal at Kitimat and would result in an estimated 225 crude oil and condensate tankers a year travelling through the territories of coastal First Nations.
The proposed 1,170 kilometre-long Enbridge Gateway Pipeline project would stretch from the Alberta tar sands to a marine terminal at Kitimat and would result in an estimated 225 crude oil and condensate tankers a year travelling through the territories of Pacific coastal First Nations.
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.
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.