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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 has passed.

Please contact Rayanna Seymour at rseymour@wcel.org with inquiries. 

Below is RELAW’s call-out for the 2020-21 cohort that began in June 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 was a “virtual” one, featuring a three-week webinar series.
  • The second retreat is a virtual one as well, from September 29-October 29, featuring a webinar series. 
  • The third retreat will be in-person for 3-4 days (subject to public health recommendations) from April 13-16, 2021.

See this blog on a past RELAW Retreat experience.

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 Rayanna Seymour, RELAW Manager (rseymour@wcel.org, 1-800-330-WCEL ext. 226) at any time.

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