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REVITALIZING INDIGENOUS LAW WITH THE LOWER FRASER FISHERIES ALLIANCE

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About the LFFA-RELAW Project:

This Summary and the accompanying 7 Volume full Legal Synthesis Report was drafted in 2020-21, and consolidates a two-year process of learning what stories, both sxxwiyám / sx̌ʷəx̌ʷəyém ‘oral histories describing the distant past / tell stories’ and sqwélqwel / sqʷelqʷəl ‘true stories/ true news/ family history/ oral stories’, as well as Elder’s knowledge teaches us about Indigenous laws related to watershed management and fisheries governance in the Lower Fraser.

The LFFA-RELAW partnership originated in the winter of 2018. The LFFA-RELAW team began researching, reading and discussing stories together on zoom from early to mid-2019. Beginning in the summer of 2019, we travelled and held ‘focus groups’ with knowledge holders of Lower Fraser First Nations to discuss stories relating to fish and water. When Covid-19 happened, this delayed further focus groups, so quote verification happened on the phone or zoom.

Moving forward, the intention is for the legal principles in this Summary and the full Legal Synthesis Report to inform processes for developing an Indigenous-led Fish Habitat Restoration Plan and Climate Adaptation Strategy (“Strategy”) for the Lower Fraser. The Strategy will be led by LFFA and its member nations, in collaboration with interested stakeholders and allies.

On April 26, 2021, we held the community launch of this work, see the zoom recording of our celebration below.

RELAW

The Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water (RELAW) Program of West Coast Environmental Law began in 2016. Through RELAW projects, lawyers from West Coast work collaboratively with Indigenous nations to apply their own teachings and laws to an environmental issue. Guided by the Indigenous Law Research Unit (ILRU) Methodology, RELAW amplifies the stories and the wisdom of elders to support in developing written expressions of law and strategies for implementation and enforcement.

Summary Report

 

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Revitalizing Indigenous Law with the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance:
Legal Traditions of the Peoples of the Lower Fraser.

This document summarizes the Full Legal Synthesis Report.

Full Legal Synthesis Report

Revitalizing Indigenous Law with the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance:
Legal Traditions of the Peoples of the Lower Fraser.

The Full Legal Synthesis has 7 Volumes with a total of ~350 pages.
To encourage accessibility, we will be releasing a Volume per week.
Check back on this page on the below dates.

The following questions guided the LFFA-RELAW Team’s analysis in
weaving together stories and focus-group work.

 

Volume 1: Foundational Principles

  • What are the fundamental relationships between humans, other beings, and the natural world and how are they established and maintained over time?
  • What are the sources of human rights and responsibilities in relation to the natural world?

Volume 2: Legal Processes and Decision-Making

  • What are the decision-making roles and responsibilities?
  • Who needs to be involved in the decision-making process?
  • What are the processes for decision-making related to the natural world?

 

Volume 3: Responsibilities

  • What are people’s responsibilities to the natural world and to each other in relation to the natural world?

Release date: May 18, 2021

 

  • What are the individual and collective rights to access, manage, and/or use the natural world?
  • What are the rights of non-human beings? How do we know what non-human beings rights are?

Volume 5: Standards

  • What are the ecological conditions that need to be maintained in order for the nation to thrive?
  • What are the management practices that maintain these conditions?
  • How do we know these ecological conditions have been properly maintained? (indicators)

Volume 6: Inter-community and International Relations

  • What are the principles and processes that govern relations between communities and with other peoples?

Volume 7: Consequences, Enforcement and Teaching

  • Consequences: What are the natural, spiritual, and human consequences of not following proper legal principles and processes?
  • Enforcement: What are consequences people have designed and implemented to ensure others are following the legal principles related to the natural world?
  • Teaching: What are effective ways people learn or teach others about the legal principles related to the natural world?

Revitalizing Indigenous law with the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance

 

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Revitalizing Indigenous law with the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance: Legal Traditions of the Peoples of the Lower Fraser. This legal synthesis, and its summary consolidates the year-long learning of what stories, both sxwōxwiyám/ sx̌ʷəx̌ʷəyém (‘stories of the distant past’ or ‘tell stories’) and sqwélqwel/ sqʷelqʷəl (‘true news’ or ‘oral stories’) and Elder’s knowledge teaches us about Indigenous laws related to watershed management and fisheries governance in the Lower Fraser. 

  

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