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B.C. law firm collaborates with indigenous communities to translate traditional laws

Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 3:48 PM | By Amanda Jerome

West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL) is working with indigenous communities across British Columbia to identify legal principles in their traditional stories. These ancient laws are unique to each community and identify principles related to rights and standards of environmental governance.

Maxine Matilpi“We’re using the methodology developed by legal scholars including John Borrows, Val Napoleon and Hadley Friedland through the Indigenous Law Research Unit at [University of Victoria] Law,” said Maxine Matilpi, the project lead. “First Nation community-based researchers 'case-brief' stories to identify principles of indigenous law...