Working alongside Indigenous communities
- SCBC co-hosted a multi-day workshop on Indigenous legal orders facilitated by the Indigenous Law Research Unit (ILRU). The workshop is part of a year-long project to explore how the environmental sector can develop more respectful relations with Indigenous legal orders. Housed in the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law, the ILRU is an academic research institute dedicated to the revitalization of Indigenous law and governance. Sierra Club BC is committed to learning from their work and building out understanding of the role of Indigenous legal orders in our work.
- The Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust, an initiative focused on stopping the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX), invited SCBC to their water ceremony at Whey-ah-Wichen (Cate’s Park) in North Vancouver. All were invited to connect and deepen their relationship with water and recognize the threat posed by TMX. SCBC has long stood with Tsleil-Waututh Nation in their fight against TMX, from supporting the Pull Together campaign, which raised funds for legal challenges against TMX, to joining ceremonies like this one.
- The Sierra Club of BC’s Executive Director Hannah Askew and Campaign Director Shelley Luce joined Kanaka Bar Indian Band’s Chief Jordan Spinks, retired Chief Patrick Michel, and Lands Manager Sean O’Rourke to see old-growth Ponderosa pines in the Kanaka Bar’s Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) south of Lytton in the Fraser Canyon and are helping raise funds for the IPCA. The T’eqt’aqtn’mux IPCA (pronounced “cluck-cluck-tin”) proposal is in development and will ultimately require provincial legislated protection and greater financial support to be fully realized.