Tripping over DRIPA: The Indigenous mining justice case that could change everything in B.C

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Hereditary Chief Nees Hiwaas (Matthew Hill)

Hereditary Chief Matthew Hill has dedicated much of his life to working for the betterment of Gitxaała. 


Jessica Clogg

Jessica Clogg (she/her/hers) is West Coast’s Executive Director and Senior Counsel, and heads up our work on Aboriginal and Natural Resource law. She first joined West Coast in 1995 as a student, and also served as a board member before becoming staff counsel in 1999.

Jessica has said that she does the work she does “because she loves the land, and because she believes in justice.” For more than a decade, her work has had a particular focus on providing legal and strategic support to First Nations – working with First Nations leaders and community members to use their own laws as a foundation for powerful strategies to protect the lands and resources of their territories and to catalyze broader shifts in Canadian law. Through the strategic application of constitutional law and Indigenous legal traditions, Jessica ultimately seeks to transform mainstream laws about the land (who controls it and the rights and responsibilities they have) in ways that are more democratic, more sustainable and more just.


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About the Event

Indigenous People’s stewardship vision for their lands and waters is being severely compromised by an unjust mining regime in B.C.

Hear from Gitxaala Hereditary Chief Nees Hiwaas (Matthew Hill), whose Nation has been in court throughout April over the granting of mineral tenures in their territory without consultation or consent — even after a devastating tailings spill despoiled streams, lakes and salmon-bearing estuary on sacred Banks Island. Hill will be joined by Jessica Clogg of West Coast Environmental Law.

Please join us for a robust discussion to hear about rights, responsibilities, and opportunities. A win for Gitxaala would change mining not only on their north coast territory, but everywhere in B.C.

The Details

Date: April 26, 2023
Time: 6PM PST
Online Via Zoom