For the love of fish

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Dear Paov,

For Indigenous History Month, we’re shining a light on the power of Indigenous law in environmental decision-making. West Coast is fortunate to work alongside Indigenous partners who are revitalizing and applying their laws, building environmental solutions that benefit all.

For example, in the Lower Fraser River region, Indigenous laws and knowledge are being applied in innovative and collaborative ways – from helping sustain fish and their habitat, to planning for climate resilience. Read on to learn more.

For the Love of Fish: Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance RELAW Youth Gathering This spring, the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance (LFFA) and RELAW (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air & Water) brought young people and Guardians from Lower Fraser First Nations together to discuss the importance of Indigenous law and fisheries governance – looking seven generations into the future.

Check out some of the highlights, as well as beautiful illustrations from this special event in our latest blog post.
Bringing together Lower Fraser decision-makers and experts to chart a path forward for flood resilience On June 9, leaders from First Nations, local, provincial and federal governments and agencies, farm associations and stakeholders came together to lay the groundwork for an action plan for flood management and long-term resilience in the Lower Fraser region.

This unique, collaborative approach – blending Indigenous and Canadian laws and best practices – will be key in preparing the region for future flooding. Read more about the outcomes.
Minister of Transport announces mandatory environmental measures for cruise ships On Friday, Transport Canada announced new mandatory measures to address cruise ship pollution. It’s a positive step for ocean health – though more action is needed to address potential loopholes and deal with scrubber washwater (the biggest source of pollution).

Thank you to all of our supporters who took action and sent letters calling for mandatory regulations to curb cruise ship pollution! We'll continue to press for stronger rules to protect the coast.
View Royal joins Sue Big Oil! On June 6th, the Township of View Royal, just outside of Victoria, boldly voted to join other local governments in a class action lawsuit against global fossil fuel companies, demanding a fair share of municipal climate change costs. Get all the details on View Royal's ground-breaking decision here.

Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court has given similar cases a green light. Find out what it means for Canadian local governments here.
Out now: Protecting the Coast and Ocean Marine Law Guide In case you missed it, West Coast’s Guide to Marine Conservation Law in BC is now available via UBC Press, in both hardcover and open-access PDF editions. Check it out.

Our goal for this book is to offer expert information on jurisdiction, responsibilities, and the legal tools available, so that people working to protect the ocean can pursue the best options for the most impact on the water.
Kicking off Summer Community Outreach at West Coast Say hello to Romina Hajizadeh, our 2023 Summer Community Outreach Coordinator, who will be leading our community engagement efforts across the Lower Mainland this season!

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in our work, while checking out fun summer events like festivals, farmers’ markets and community dialogues, join Romina this summer as a Street Legal Team volunteer.
We are hiring!

West Coast is looking for our next Development Officer to support our work transforming the legal landscape through donor engagement, digital fundraising, and annual giving.

Apply by July 13 or help us share this opportunity! See the full job posting.

West Coast Environmental Law depends on donations from individuals like you. Thank you for helping us to protect the environment. We are grateful for your continued support.

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