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Environmental Decision-Making

West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation works to transform environmental decision-making in Canada to ensure that decisions about resource development are based on science, democratic processes, recognition of Aboriginal Title and Rights and the power of Indigenous law.

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Revitalizing Indigenous Law

This year, West Coast was proud to announce the launch of a new program called RELAW (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water) in association with the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. Through this program, we are working alongside six First Nations partners – providing legal and strategic support to First Nations who are revitalizing, articulating and applying aspects of their laws in relation to environmental governance.

Keeping BC Oil Spill-Free

West Coast helps community groups, First Nations and individuals understand and use their legal rights to protect their communities, nature and the climate from the threat of proposed tar sands pipelines and tankers.

Taking Climate Law into Our Hands

Through our Climate program, we’re working to help governments, investors and professionals recognize the legal and economic risks of failing to consider climate change in their decision-making.

Preparing Communities for the Reality of Climate Change

Our Liveable and Sustainable Communities program uses the law to strengthen environmental protection at the local government level, while enhancing the resilience and liveability of communities.

Marine Protection

Through law, we’re working to safeguard the oceans and marine ecosystems that sustain us. Our work in this area includes implementing marine management plans, ensuring strong monitoring and enforcement, and working to legally protect fish and fish habitat.


Our Environmental Decision Making work is funded by the West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation