The legal issues we deal with to protect our Treaty rights can become very stressful at times, but Bruce is always ready to laugh with us to relieve the tension. We really appreciate his hard work on our behalf.
Chief Leslie Cameron, Wabauskang First Nation
Like it or not, governments increasingly rely on environmental assessments to fulfill their constitutional obligations to consult and accommodate Aboriginal people.
We work with our clients from the very beginning of an environmental assessment to ensure that government and proponents respect our clients' Aboriginal title, rights and Treaty rights.
While environmental assessments are important in their own right, we always focus on the ultimate goal of ensuring that government's constitutional obligations to our clients are fulfilled.
Environmental Assessment Workshops
As part of our public education efforts, we offer workshops to First Nations on legal and strategic issues. The workshops are designed to help First Nations maximize the benefit of their participation in an environmental assessment.
Our goal is to help First Nations increase their capacity to fully participate in an environmental assessment and to ensure that their rights and interests are respected.
Our team has years of hands-on experience with federal and provincial environmental assessments on a wide-range of projects including:
- mines (both underground and open pit)
- hydroelectric dams
- electricity transmission lines
- oil sands
We have represented our clients before numerous environmental review bodies and agencies, including:
- British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office
- British Columbia Utilities Commission
- Ontario Energy Board
- Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
- Federal Environmental Review Panels
Public Speaking & Publications
As part of our public education efforts, our writing addresses both historical and current issues underpinning environmental reviews across Canada.
- Environmental Assessments and the Duty to Consult (July 20, 2015)
- Canada Continues Retreat from Duty to Consult Obligations: New Environmental Assessment Regulations (May 16, 2013)
- Canada Steps Back from Aboriginal Consultation: B.C.—Canada Agreement on Environmental Assessment Substitution (April 8, 2013)
- "Power Point Presentation: Federal Review of Prosperity Project," Aboriginal Rights and Environmental Law, PBLI Conference, Vancouver, December, 2010
- Electric Space: Social and Natural Transformations in British Columbia's Hydroelectric Industry to World War II
If you would like assistance with an environmental assessment or to discuss organizing an environmental assessment workshop for your community, please contact us: