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At West Coast, we work with Indigenous nations to articulate, revitalize and apply their laws to address ongoing environmental challenges in their territories – from polluted waters to depleted oceans to clearcut lands – and the interrelated socio-cultural impacts of these issues. Our approach is grounded in the understanding that Indigenous nations’ own laws should guide decision-making in their territories.

Participating in a RELAW Project enables Indigenous nations to engage with their laws in a proactive way – getting ahead of regulatory processes or legal proceedings through proactive planning and community deliberation.

For example, through the RELAW Program, we’ve worked with over a dozen Indigenous partners on projects grounded in their own laws. You can read about some of these projects in the following publications:

Explore the links below for more inspiring stories about how our Indigenous partners are working to apply their laws to environmental decisions in their territories.  

Top photo: Georgia Lloyd-Smith


Eugene Kung Staff Counsel
Staff Lawyer
Georgia Lloyd-Smith Staff Counsel
Staff Lawyer
Gavin Smith Staff Counsel
Staff Lawyer
Staff Lawyer (On leave in 2022-23)
Jessica Clogg Executive Director and Senior Counsel
Executive Director & Senior Counsel
Staff Lawyer & RELAW Manager
Maxine Hayman Matilpi
RELAW Program Lead
Staff Lawyer (On leave in 2022-23)