The telling of true stories is necessary to remember our collective history across the globe. Specifically, this has become clear in recent discussions about the abundant life of Semá:th Lake (also known as Sumas Lake) in the Fraser Valley of BC, which once “reached from Chilliwack into Washington State.”
Environmental Law Alert Blog
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- proposed changes to the law that will weaken, or strengthen, environmental protection;
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**TRIGGER WARNING** - This post discusses colonial violence, residential schools
With renewed calls to #CancelCanadaDay resounding across the country, some of West Coast’s team members shared their reflections this July 1st.
All of us can benefit from respectfully learning about Indigenous stories on the territories we live, work and play on. Whether you are Indigenous or not, this blog is for you.
Lately, my colleague Georgia Lloyd-Smith and I have been thinking a lot about the Site C dam.
By Rayanna Seymour-Hourie – on Canada’s 153rd birthday
Hello, my name is Helen Copeland. I am a descendent of the P’egp’ig’lha (frog) people, from T’ít’q’et community, one of eleven Indigenous communities that make up St’át’imc Nation. T’ít’q’et is approximately 250 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, BC.
Hello, my name is Helen Copeland. I am a descendent of the P’egp’ig’lha (frog) people, from T’ít’q’et community, one of eleven Indigenous communities that make up St’át’imc Nation.
My name is Shelby Lindley and I am a member of the Upper Nicola Band in the Syilx (Okanagan) Nation. I started my position with West Coast Environmental Law in November of 2018 as a staff lawyer with the RELAW (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water) Project.
For over 14,000 years, the Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) Nation has thrived on the abundance of the lands and waters in what is now known as the central coast of British Columbia.
By Rayanna Seymour-Hourie, an Anishinaabe articled student at WCEL & Erica Stahl, a second-generation settler and staff lawyer at WCEL