First Nations have their own laws, based upon their relationship with their lands and waters. CIER commissioned six papers by Indigenous scholars, lawyers, and leaders that explored these questions:
- How have and do First Nations define their laws?
- What process do they use to enforce them?
- How do they relate to similar or conflicting federal or provincial laws?
Each paper is available below.
John Borrows – Indigenous Environmental Laws: Purpose, Scope, Recognition, Interpretation and Enforcement
Phil Fontaine – Indigenous Customary Law and the Environment
Val Napoleon and Richard Overstall – Indigenous Environmental Laws: Some Issues, Considerations and Experiences
Moses Okimaw – Indigenous Environmental Law: CIER Research Question
Christopher Paci – Environmental Governance Literature Review Research Report
Judith Sayers – Indigenous Environmental Laws: CIER Research Question Response