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  • The Supreme Court denied Indigenous ownership & jurisdiction over the fishery here (Moricetown gorge, Bulkley River, circa 1995)

    Rethinking the Reception of English Law in British Columbia

    In 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada held that a 1731 English statute requiring all documents filed in court proceedings to be in English was in force in the province of British Columbia. The Court held that the statute met the requirements set out by BC's provincial statute governing the reception of English law in BC: the criminal and civil laws of England as of November 19, 1858 are received in the province "so far as they are not from local circumstances inapplicable." If the idea of a court declaring in 2013 that a 1731 English statute is in force in Canada makes you uneasy, you might...

    Jun 21, 2021 Gabrielle Matheson

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Law Specialization: Special note for the 2021-22 Academic Year

    Due to some overlapping faculty member leaves, none of the courses listed as meeting the Specialization in Environmental and Natural Resource Law's international law requirement are offered in the 2021-22 academic year. To accommodate this unusual situation, certain courses in the upcoming academic year will be considered to fulfill the international law requirement:

    Jun 16, 2021 Centre for the Law and the Environment Assistant

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    Recap: Canadian Association for Food Law and Policy 5th Annual Conference

    On May 13 to 15, the Centre for Law and the Environment hosted one of Canada's most thought-provoking forums on food systems. For the first time, the Canadian Association for Food Law and Policy's conference was based out of the West Coast, offering a unique opportunity to explore British Columbia as a case study in territorial food system governance, in addition to addressing a variety of pressing issues in food law and policy. 

    Jun 15, 2021 Centre for the Law and the Environment Assistant

  • Image with event info for "How to file a submission with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation"

    Webinar: How to File a Submission with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    This webinar will provide participants with an opportunity to learn the steps involved in filing a submission with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, to understand changes to the process and to learn more about who can file a submission. The public will benefit from the opportunity to ask questions related to the process.

    May 6, 2021 Centre for the Law and the Environment Assistant

  • Event image for "Canada's Toxic Legacy: Pan American Silver and Mining Billionaire Ross Beaty in Latin America" on May 11

    Canada's Toxic Legacy: Pan American Silver and Mining Billionaire Ross Beaty in Latin America

    Join us for a virtual forum to hear from frontline communities and organizations in Latin America who have lived or observed the arrogant disregard of peoples’ rights, the lasting environmental disasters, and the forced displacement to make way for mining projects backed by Ross Beaty, Vancouver-based Pan American Silver’s founder and outgoing chairman.

    May 6, 2021 Centre for the Law and the Environment Assistant

  • CLE Graphic for Keynote of Canadian Association for Food Law and Policy Event

    Keynote with Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson: "Supernatural Oceans: A Worldview for Enlightened Oceans Governance and Territorial Food Systems"

    As part of the Canadian Association for Food Law and Policy 5th Annual Conference, Terri-Lynn will speak about the importance of oceans to the Haida and other coastal Indigenous Peoples, drawing upon ancient Haida narratives, the Haida Worldview, and Haida art traditions. She will describe the Haida conception of the ocean as a living environment inhabited by Supernatural Beings that is bound to Haida society through Haida laws. She will propose a conception of territorial food systems and discuss the opportunities and challenges of the Haida Gwaii experience.

    May 4, 2021 Centre for the Law and the Environment Assistant

  • Food Conference mini poster

    Canadian Association for Food Law and Policy 5th Annual Conference: "Governing Territorial Food Systems: Legal Obstacles and Opportunities"

    This conference will examine the legal obstacles and opportunities of building and governing territorial food systems as a means of addressing these concerns, and shaping food system futures to ensure they are not only more sustainable and climate-friendly, but more just, healthful, democratic, vibrant and tailored to the landscapes people inhabit. We will ask: How can law and policy be used to build territorial food systems that balance competing interests (while questioning to the extent to which these interests are or need to be in competition with each other)?

    May 4, 2021 Centre for the Law and the Environment Assistant

  • Photo of Farhana Yamin

    Warrior Lawyer Profile: Farhana Yamin

    When thinking about international efforts to combat climate change, agreements like the 2015 Paris Agreement often comes to mind. With the primary goal of mitigating and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the agreement was seen as an important step towards addressing the climate crisis. As trust in these traditional methods has declined, however, direct action has moved to the forefront of the movement. A key contributor to both these types of environmental action is Farhana Yamin – a British international environmental lawyer and social justice advocate.

    Apr 8, 2021 Julia Fyfe

  • photo of Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidsno

    Warrior Lawyer Profile: Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

    The Cedar stands strong behind her as the guitar and sax drift gently around her. Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson sings soothingly to those cedars as a sign of respect and gratitude. The song is Cedar Sister, sung in Haida words about what the cedar gives us. She describes the shelter it provides, the lessons it gives, and how it lives in harmony with all beings like the bear and salmon. Beyond being beautiful and artistic, the song has significance in the Canadian legal landscape and specifically for the Haida people and their awakening indigenous law.

    Apr 5, 2021 E. Condesa Strain

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    Warrior Lawyer Profile: Steven Donziger

    For many of us, sheltering-in-place due to the COVID-19 pandemic has felt isolating, restrictive, and frustrating. And while navigating a pandemic is no small feat, as a resident of B.C., I have at least been able to leave my house—to pick up the mail, grocery shop, or take a walk. These simple freedoms are currently denied to Steven Donziger, who has been under house arrest for almost 2 years. Donziger is one of the attorneys for various Ecuadorean Indigenous and farming communities in their epic battle against Chevron.

    Apr 4, 2021 Lauren Antoniuk

  • Animal Justice Team

    Warrior Lawyer Profile: Kaitlyn Mitchell

    Many animals spend their entire lives in windowless and dark rooms, subject to horrific abuse and perpetual fear from birth until slaughter. Farmed animals are virtually unprotected in Canadian law, and one of the only ways to help these animals is to document and expose animal abuse on farms. Unfortunately, Ontario and Alberta have recently enacted so-called “ag-gag” laws to deter and criminalize this practice and Manitoba is considering a similar bill. Kaitlyn Mitchell is an animal rights lawyer with Canada’s only animal law advocacy organization. Ag-gag laws are a main focus of her work.

    Mar 24, 2021 Kaeleigh Phillips

  • Peyal Francis Laceese, A Tsilhqot’in culture keeper, stands in front of a Marae (Māori spiritual house) in traditional Tsilhqot’in regalia. It is a symbol of the connection and bond between these two Indigenous communities. Photo: Keith Koepke, Kanative Photography.

    Warrior Lawyer Profile: Moana Jackson

    Māori are intimately connected to the geographical features of their birthplace.  The rivers, mountains, forests and oceans are a person’s ancestors. They are part of one’s whakapapa (genealogy) and so Māori have a responsibility to that place. Moana Jackson is of Ngati Kahungungu and Ngati Porou descent. Hikurangi is his mountain and Waiapu his river. Locating oneself before any karakea (talk) is vital, as it is a sign of respect to one’s ancestors, both human and non-human.

    Mar 23, 2021 Meghan Robinson

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