Resources

A Necessary Resource: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

By Maia Wikler / January 20, 2020 /

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is a comprehensive statement addressing the human rights of Indigenous peoples. It was drafted and formally debated for over 20 years prior to being adopted by the General Assembly on 13 September 2007. The document emphasizes the rights of Indigenous peoples to live in dignity,…

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Our Vision? A Country Where Democracy Thrives with Honoured Indigenous Rights

By Maia Wikler / January 20, 2020 /

RAVEN’s vision is a country where constitutional democracy is flourishing because Indigenous laws, rights and stewardship values are honoured. We are spotlighting some of our favourite programs aimed at exploring, honouring and understanding Indigenous laws in BC. West Coast Environmental Law: Revitalizing Indigenous law for Land, Air and Water (RELAW) “For thousands of years, Indigenous…

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Understanding the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Everyday

By Maia Wikler / January 20, 2020 /

The worldwide drive to extract and develop minerals and fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal), coupled with the fact that much of what remains of these natural resources is situated on the lands of indigenous peoples, results in increasing and ever more widespread effects on indigenous peoples’ lives… indigenous peoples around the world have suffered…

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How to Implement Free, Prior and Informed Consent: An Overview

By Maia Wikler / January 17, 2020 /

On November 12, 2010, Canada issued a Statement of Support endorsing the UN Declaration. What does the implementation of this declaration mean? How can government and businesses implement Free, Prior and Informed Consent? The UN Declaration is monumental because it is the only human rights instrument created with the participation of the rights holders themselves.…

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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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