Proposed Abstract Title

Advantages and Examples of Collaboration During Environmental Review of Projects in the Salish Sea

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Cross-Border Exchange: Environmental Review Processes for Projects with Transboundary Impacts

Location

2016SSEC

Description

The Coast Salish Nation covers over 645,000 acres and is the ancestral territory of British Columbia Coast Salish Nations and Western Washington Tribes. The Nation shares family ties, cultural, political alliances and desire to protect our resources in the endangered eco-region. Since time immemorial, the Coast Salish people have related by languages and bloodlines, have lived in the mountains, shorelines and watersheds of the Salish Sea. We, the indigenous peoples of the Salish Sea, honor and respect our sacred trust to restore, preserve and protect our culture, treaties, aboriginal rights and the land, air and waters of the Salish Sea.

Many projects and activities in the Salish Sea which are subject to environmental review requirements have potentially significant economic and environmental consequences. Complex interests, policies, laws, rights, and mandates are held by multiple parties with a direct substantive stake in these projects and activities. Scientific understanding also plays a key role in these projects and the environmental review process.

Referencing selected examples of projects that have undergone or are undergoing environmental review, we will highlight examples to illustrate how multiple interests – for example, economic diversity and growth, as well as environmental protection – can interact with respect for each others’ mandates as governments, citizens, and first peoples. Through our participation in this session, we hope to contribute to better understanding of each others’ mandates and our collective tools for achieving our respective interests.

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Advantages and Examples of Collaboration During Environmental Review of Projects in the Salish Sea

2016SSEC

The Coast Salish Nation covers over 645,000 acres and is the ancestral territory of British Columbia Coast Salish Nations and Western Washington Tribes. The Nation shares family ties, cultural, political alliances and desire to protect our resources in the endangered eco-region. Since time immemorial, the Coast Salish people have related by languages and bloodlines, have lived in the mountains, shorelines and watersheds of the Salish Sea. We, the indigenous peoples of the Salish Sea, honor and respect our sacred trust to restore, preserve and protect our culture, treaties, aboriginal rights and the land, air and waters of the Salish Sea.

Many projects and activities in the Salish Sea which are subject to environmental review requirements have potentially significant economic and environmental consequences. Complex interests, policies, laws, rights, and mandates are held by multiple parties with a direct substantive stake in these projects and activities. Scientific understanding also plays a key role in these projects and the environmental review process.

Referencing selected examples of projects that have undergone or are undergoing environmental review, we will highlight examples to illustrate how multiple interests – for example, economic diversity and growth, as well as environmental protection – can interact with respect for each others’ mandates as governments, citizens, and first peoples. Through our participation in this session, we hope to contribute to better understanding of each others’ mandates and our collective tools for achieving our respective interests.