Indigenous Environmental Law Papers – 2007

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