BREAKING: Wet’suwet’en House Chiefs launch legal challenge over climate impacts of fossil fuel projects on their territories

By Maia Wikler / February 12, 2020 /

Wet’suwet’en House Chiefs launch legal challenge over climate impacts of fossil fuel projects on their territories. Constitutional challenge alleges infringement of Charter rights of future generations of House members due to Canada’s failure to act to prevent spiraling climate crisis Wet’suwet’en territory/Vancouver, Feb 12 – Two Wet’suwet’en Houses through their Hereditary Chiefs have launched a sweeping legal challenge…

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Wet’suwet’en vs. the Queen: Seeking Legal Redress in the Face of Rights Violations

By Maia Wikler / February 10, 2020 /

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs are requesting a judicial review of a decision made by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office to extend the environmental certificate for the 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline. The request, filed Feb. 3, argues an extension should not have been granted in light of more than 50 instances of non-compliance with the conditions of…

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Wet’suwet’en launch legal challenge to pipeline

By Maia Wikler / February 6, 2020 /

On Monday the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs launched a legal challenge to a proposed Coastal Gas Link (CGL) pipeline that would carry fracked gas through Wet’suwet’en Yintah (territory) in north-west B.C. to a liquefied natural gas  (LNG) facility in Kitimat.   There has been a groundswell of support from across the country and around the world, as…

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Get Clear on Wet’suwet’en Law: Unpacking Canadian Court and Media’s Confusion

By Maia Wikler / January 20, 2020 /

There has been a lot of confusion in the media and even within the B.C. government about the place of Wet’suwet’en Indigenous law within the Canadian system.  Even as the RCMP occupy a bridge on the Morice River, Premier John Horgan blithely talks about a “familial dispute”. In fact, the discord between hereditary leadership systems and…

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Act NOW in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en: Tell Coastal GasLink to Uphold Indigenous Rights

By Maia Wikler / January 7, 2020 /

We need all hands on deck to support the Wet’suwet’en, whose rights and title to their unceded territory in northern British Columbia are at risk. On December 31, 2019, the B.C. Supreme Court granted an injunction against members of the Wet’suwet’en nation who have been stewarding and protecting their traditional territories from Coastal GasLink’s (CGL)…

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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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