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By Sheren Kamaei For millennia, the Gitanyow Nation have exercised their legal authority (also known as “Ayookxw”) to protect and manage the land, air, water, and resources of their Lax’yip (also known as territories). These territories span 55,000km² in the Nass River Watershed, Upper Kitwanga River, and Upper Kisiox River. The Constitution of the Gitanyow […]

The Underbelly of the Beast: Financing of Fossil Fuel Industry

By Gwenyth Wren Image Source: The Guardian In recent years there has been increasing intense scrutiny of high emitting industries, such as fossil fuel corporations, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, to effectively get to the root of the problem we need to turn our attention to another set of actors who are […]

Better Cover Your Ash

Conflicts in protecting the Black Ash with Bill 108 By Rebecca Murray Background: On June 6th, 2019, the Conservative-led Ontario government passed the More Homes, More Choice Act, AKA Bill 108. This bill was promoted as a response to the housing affordability crisis facing the province. It made a number of amendments to various different […]

It’s past time to act on environmental racism

A recently proposed federal bill could lead to the development of a national strategy to address environmental racism. But a quicker path to urgently needed reform might already exist. by Matthew Green What is environmental racism? In Canada, it looks like the ongoing failure to remediate the Wabigoon River in Grassy Narrows First Nation, where […]

Trespassing on the Right to Housing: A human rights analysis of the City of Toronto's response to encampments during COVID-19

This report reviews the legal dimensions of Toronto’s approach to encampments during the first three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic and measures the City’s response to encampments against its human rights obligations to encampment residents as specified in international and domestic law, the National Housing Strategy Act, and A National Protocol for Homeless Encampments in […]

Recording: Indigenous-Led Conservation in Ontario

On October 13th we were excited to host a panel discussion on Restructuring our Relations: Legal and Policy Dimensions of Indigenous-Led Conservation in Ontario and Beyond.  The panel explored the various intersections that exist between environmental and cultural preservation, and Indigenous jurisdiction. For those who were not able to attend or want to watch the […]

Indigenous-Led Conservation in Ontario & Beyond

We are excited to be hosting a panel discussion on Restructuring our Relations: Legal and Policy Dimensions of Indigenous-Led Conservation in Ontario and Beyond. The panel will explore the various intersections that exist between environmental and cultural preservation, and Indigenous jurisdiction. Join a leading group of lawyers and scholars to learn more about the key concepts […]