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Legal challenge to Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project

Monday, August 31, 2015

You are invited to join us in a historic legal battle this fall as we head to court on October 1st to challenge Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project. Find out more.

 

Adding to the pile: Another legal challenge regarding Enbridge’s Northern Gateway proposal argues BC is required to make its own decision

18 February, 2015

The pile of lawsuits sitting on top of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines and Tankers Project keeps getting bigger, and this time the Province of British Columbia has been dragged into the mix.

In January 2015 a new legal challenge was launched by Gitga’at First Nation and Coastal First Nations, arguing that the Province of BC has a legal duty to make its own decision about the Enbridge project, and to consult impacted First Nations before doing so.

This legal challenge adds to the ever-growing array of obstacles that have stopped Enbridge’s Northern Gateway from making any significant progress despite obtaining conditional federal approval last summer.

 

The pile of lawsuits sitting on top of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines and Tankers Project keeps getting bigger, and this time the Province of British Columbia has been dragged into the mix.

Tsleil-Waututh Nation: “Yes” to solar; “No” to Kinder Morgan

21 January, 2015

I was honoured to attend the Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s (TWN) launch and celebration of its new solar tracker. With the installation of TWN’s solar tracker, TWN signaled that the green energy future is now. Far more than just opposing a pipeline that threatens their culture and spirituality while facilitating the expansion of the tar sands leading to runaway climate change, TWN is demonstrating leadership by investing in alternatives and looking to the future.

Carleen Thomas with parents & grand daughters
Solar is Intergenerational: TWN Sacred Trust member Carleen Thomas with her parents Ernest and Dee George and granddaughters Lily, Miya and Jasmine.

“We have installed this solar tracker outside of our daycare centre to remind

Federal Court: Canada Acted Unconstitutionally in Ramming Through 2012 Environmental Law Changes

Monday, December 22, 2014

VANCOUVER, COAST SALISH TERRITORIES– The Federal Court of Canada has ruled that Canada failed to uphold its constitutional duties to the Mikisew Cree First Nation when it rammed through sweeping changes to federal environmental laws in 2012. West Coast Environmental Law congratulates the Mikisew Cree on their successful legal challenge to the federal government’s 2012 changes to environmental protection and assessment laws.

Hereditary Chief, Lawyer jointly awarded Andrew Thompson Award

Friday, November 7, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory.  West Coast Environmental Law congratulates the winners of the 2014 Andrew Thompson Award: Glen Williams/Malii, Gitanyow Hereditary Chief, and Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson/gid7ahl-gudsllaay, lawyer and member of the Haida Nation.

Vote for People's Choice for Andrew Thompson Award

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Voting is now open for the People's Choice for the Andrew Thompson Award 2014!  Vote up to one time per day until October 31st.  And please spread the word.

Click here to read about the 5 excellent finalists and to cast your vote. 

Click here for more information about the Andrew Thompson Award. 

First Nations, Non-Governmental Organizations and Union Get Green Light to Proceed With a Barrage of Court Cases against Enbridge Northern Gateway Proposal

20 October, 2014

Earlier this month, a large number of First Nations and organizations celebrated an important step forward when all of their cases challenging the federal approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines and tankers proposal were given the green light to proceed by the Federal Court of Appeal.

Earlier this month, a large number of First Nations and organizations celebrated an important step forward when all of their cases challenging the federal approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines and tankers proposal were given the green light to proceed by the Federal Court of Appeal.

Field Notes from the Totem Pole Journey

19 September, 2014

WCEL is honoured to have partnered with Lummi Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation to help deliver a 21 foot western red cedar totem pole carved by master carver Jewell James and the Lummi House of Tears Carvers to the Beaver Lake Cree Nation in recognition of, and solidarity with their fight. I was privileged to be a part of this incredible journey which traveled 10,000 kms through South Dakota, Montana, Washington, BC and Alberta.

Today, Lummi House of Tears Carver’s healing totem poles stand proudly in the territory of two Nations, each with a lawsuit against the Canadian government and against tarsands development.  Those poles connect indigenous resistance at both ends of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. The resistance and courage of either or both nations have the potential to stop reckless tar sands development.

“OK, everyone pull in to the next gas station. Bathroom break, eh.”  The voice on over the walkie talkie crackled.

Field notes from the Salish Sea Summer Gathering

20 August, 2014

This year marked the Third Annual Salish Sea Summer Gathering in Whey-ah Wichen/Cates Park in North Vancouver, hosted by the Tsleil Waututh Nation Sacred Trust. West Coast Environmental Law was pleased to be a part of the day and be a sponsor of this event. Held on August 10th, the gathering featured Juno-winning musical acts, a poetry stage, a traditional canoe panel, and a great lineup of speakers including Rex Weiler, Chiefs affected by the Mt. Polley mine tailings pond spill, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, and West Coast Environmental Law Staff Lawyer Eugene Kung.

This year marked the Third Annual Salish Sea Summer Gathering in Whey-ah Wichen/Cates Park in North Vancouver, hosted by the Tsleil Waututh Nation Sacred Trust. West Coast Environmental Law was pleased to be a part of the day and be a sponsor of this event.

See you in court, Enbridge! First Nations launch legal challenges to Enbridge pipelines and tankers project

18 July, 2014

In a wave of legal filings on July 11 and July 14, 2014, eight First Nations from Haida Gwaii to Yinka Dene territory west of Prince George set in motion legal proceedings that, combined with 9 court cases filed earlier this year, have the potential to stop or significantly delay the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines and tankers project (the “Enbridge Project”).

Chief Martin Louie of the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation addresses reporters

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