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RELAW participants

Interested in becoming part of RELAW? 
Find out how.


The RELAW Program was launched in 2016, and aims to deepen community-based capacity to engage in articulation, revitalization, and application of Indigenous law. The heart of the RELAW approach is learning about Indigenous law from stories and working through dialogue to make decisions about today’s environmental and social challenges. We do so by providing co-learning opportunities and legal support to Indigenous nations.

Community Call-out

RELAW Co-learning Program:  

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Apply by May 9, 2020

Indigenous nations may nominate one or more community members or employees (individual co-learners) to participate in a year-long program (2020-2021) to build the foundation for current or future work on revitalizing Indigenous law for their nation. Participants will:

  • learn about approaches to applying and enforcing Indigenous law;
  • have the opportunity to engage with their nation’s own laws and processes;
  • explore how these can shape community decision-making processes; and,
  • learn from one another.

Participants will attend three co-learning sessions (RELAW Retreats):

  • The first retreat will be a “virtual” one, featuring a three-week webinar series,
  • The second and third retreats will be in-person of 3-4 days each (subject to public health recommendations) from September 29 – October 1, 2020 and, April 13 – 16, 2021.

See this blog on a past RELAW Retreat experience.

Individuals interested in joining the 2020-21 RELAW Co-learning Program should apply by completing this expression of interest form. Space is limited with first consideration given to applications received before May 9, 2020.

For more information, see: Background on RELAW Co-learning Program.


RELAW Projects:

Through RELAW Projects, West Coast Environmental Law provides free legal services and co-learning opportunities to Indigenous nations who wish to develop written expressions of their law through deliberative community-based processes grounded in the teachings from their stories and knowledge holders.

To learn more, see: Background on RELAW Learning Partnerships

Indigenous nations interested in developing a RELAW project should contact Maxine Hayman Matilpi, RELAW Program Lead (mmatilpi@wcel.org, 1-800-330-WCEL ext. 226) at any time.

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