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Interested in becoming part of RELAW? 
Find out how.


2018-19 Community Call-out

The RELAW project was launched in 2016, and aims to deepen community-based capacity to engage in articulation, revitalization, and application of Indigenous law to environmental decision-making and proactive land and water management. RELAW provides co-learning opportunities and legal support to Indigenous nations using their own laws to address environmental issues affecting their territories.

RELAW is a project of West Coast Environmental Law. RELAW actively supports and is supported by the Indigenous Law Research Unit (ILRU) at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law.

We are now accepting Expressions of Interest from Indigenous nations and individuals interested in participating in RELAW 2018-19 in the following two streams. We anticipate that the 2018-19 RELAW program will commence in late October 2018 and run to October 2019.

RELAW Learning Partnerships

Indigenous nations participating in RELAW Learning Partnerships will have access to a year of pro bono (free) legal services and co-learning opportunities for community members focused on approaches to researching, applying and enforcing Indigenous law. Through RELAW, legally trained staff from West Coast work with community members selected by their nation to:

  1. Draw on stories and the wisdom of elders to develop a summary of legal principles related to land and resources/environmental governance in your legal tradition;
  2. Develop a written law, policy, agreement or plan grounded in your own laws and community dialogue, and/or
  3. Develop and put into action a plan for implementing and enforcing your laws on a particular environment or resource development issue.

In 2018-19 priority for new projects will be given to existing or new partners who wish to focus their work on water governance, marine and coastal stewardship law, or regional assessment and planning, including the development of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas.

For more information see: Background on RELAW Learning Partnerships.

Interested nations should submit an Expression of Interest by August 31, 2018.

RELAW Co-Learning Program

We are also accepting Expressions of Interest from individuals and nations who wish to focus on the co-learning (capacity-building) aspects of RELAW, to build the foundation for future work on revitalizing Indigenous law for their nation. Nations may nominate one or more individuals (community members or employees of the nation) to participate in the year-long RELAW co-learning program.

For more details on RELAW co-learning opportunities see: Background on RELAW Co-learning Program.

Interested parties should submit an Expression of Interest. Space is limited and first consideration will be given to applications received by August 31, 2018.

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