Celebrating environmental legal aid in BC

r1 Our Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund turns 30 ... r19 NOVEMBER 2019 | Donate | Leave a Legacy FacebookTwitter YouTube Instagram DONATE Dear Paov,

At West Coast, we know that including a wide range of perspectives improves decision-making for the environment. That’s why we’re committed to providing legal tools for communities to have a voice in decisions that affect them.

This month we have multiple reasons to celebrate, with the 30th anniversary of our Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF), and the introduction of a new law to uphold the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in BC. Read on for updates on these exciting events and more.
Celebrating 30 years of environmental legal aid in BC When individuals, community groups and First Nations are seeking justice on behalf of the environment, they need someone to turn to – and since 1989, our EDRF legal aid fund has been there to help.

Read our impact report, and watch the anniversary video to see how the EDRF has supported community-led environmental protection over the past 30 years.
This work would not be possible without our network of dedicated EDRF lawyers, clients, and financial support from the Law Foundation of BC. Thank you! Lawyer Bill Andrews recognized with environmental law award We are honoured to recognize Bill Andrews, recipient of West Coast's 2019 Andrew Thompson Award, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to environmental protection and sustainability through law in BC.

As founder of the EDRF and a long-time EDRF lawyer, we’d like to thank Bill for everything he’s done to advance the field of public interest environmental law in BC. Read more in this press release.
Bill 41: A new law to uphold Indigenous rights in BC BC recently introduced provincial legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Bill 41 was developed collaboratively by the First Nations Leadership Council and the BC government, making the province one of the first jurisdictions in the world to take legislative action to implement the UN Declaration.

Staff Lawyer Eugene Kung explains how this law will help BC set a course for better and more sustainable decisions for all.
Canada’s climate election is over – now let’s turn those promises into action As the dust settles after “Canada’s climate election,” we can celebrate that 63% of votes cast were in favour of parties that made strong climate promises.

If you voted for climate action during the election and want to make sure Canada delivers on its legislated greenhouse gas reduction targets, send an email to Prime Minister Trudeau and the other party leaders asking for a new Climate Accountability Law.
Read our 2018-2019 Annual Report Wondering what our team has been up to this year in our efforts to transform environmental decision-making?

Check out West Coast’s 2018-2019 Annual Report for an overview of our legal programs, along with recent accomplishments, important milestones and more.
Work with us! Are you passionate about the environment and accomplished in fundraising and philanthropic relationship building? We have an exciting opportunity to lead our small but dynamic Development Team. Deadline to apply: December 12th, 2019.

We're also currently accepting applications for summer 2020 law student placements. Read more and apply by January 8th, 2020.
And finally, we're pleased to welcome Renee Eaton, our new Leadership Giving Officer to the West Coast team. See her bio here. ShareShare TweetTweet ForwardForward West Coast Environmental Law
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