The Importance of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

By Maia Wikler / January 17, 2020 /

Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is the right of Indigenous Peoples to say “yes” or “no” to all proposed developments that may affect the collective rights of their communities. Consent must be discussed free from threat to individuals or communities; must be sought prior to the beginning of any development which may affect Indigenous…

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UN Human Rights Body Calls on Canada to Halt TransMountain Pipeline, Site C and Coastal GasLink

By Maia Wikler / January 6, 2020 /

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has issued an “Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedure” requesting that construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tankers Expansion Project, Site C Dam and Coastal GasLink cease immediately, unless free prior and informed consent is achieved. The UN expresses concern that these large-scale industrial projects “may…

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Indigenous legal cases against Trans Mountain, explained

By Andrea Palframan / December 11, 2019 /

On Monday, December 16th, the Federal Court of Appeal will be conducting a judicial review of the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers project approval. Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Coldwater First Nations are challenging the constitutionality of the 2019 approval of the project and will be arguing that the government failed to adequately consult them about a…

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Bill 41: Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act

By Andrea Palframan / November 17, 2019 /

This post was written by Kate Gunn & Jesse Donovan and originally appeared on First People’s Law . On October 24th, the Government of British Columbia introduced Bill 41 – 2019: Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. If passed, the new legislation will require the Province to embark on a process of legislative reform…

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First Peoples Law Reading List

By Maia Wikler / November 14, 2019 /

Check out this incredible First Peoples Law Reading List, shared and compiled by Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. ABORIGINAL AND INDIGENOUS LAW Introductory text on Aboriginal law in Canada Jim Reynolds, Aboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical Introduction (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018) History and analysis of Aboriginal…

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The Legal Low-down Behind Squamish Nation’s Court Case against TMX

By Maia Wikler / November 7, 2019 /

The Squamish Nation is a Coast Salish Nation whose territory includes Burrard Inlet, English Bay, Howe Sound, the Squamish Valley and north to Whistler. The Trans Mountain Expansion calls for new pipeline routes through Squamish Territory, 13 new tanks and one replacement tank at the Burnaby Terminal, the dismantling of the current Westridge Marine Terminal…

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About Our Logo

By Andrea Palframan / September 18, 2019 /

by Mark Gauti, T’Sou-ke Nation  This image was created by Mark Gauti and represents Raven in a Pacific Northwest coast natural setting of cedar trees and a river. The face in Raven’s belly represents the human connection to Raven and also the connection to all things that are natural. Many Pacific Northwest Nations and tribes…

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The Legal Breakdown of Indigenous Rights and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project

By Andrea Palframan / August 18, 2019 /

What you need to know about the legality around Indigenous rights and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. On what legal grounds are First Nations challenging the 2019 approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers project? In the original NEB process, and subsequent Crown consultation, several First Nations advanced grave concerns regarding the project’s…

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Learn Cutting Edge Online Fundraising + Organizing Strategies: Webinar!

By RAVEN / October 31, 2018 /

Interested in learning more about organizing + fundraising? Join a webinar with RAVEN’s Ana Simeon and Tar Sands Trial organizer Brendan Campbell on November 6th, 4:30 P.S.T. RSVP: RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) has used state-of-the-art digital tools to amplify and grow the power of grassroots movements. Find out how you can lean…

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