West Coast Environmental Law organized the world's first
Twitter moot. As sponsor of Osgoode's winning team, we are
pleased to say it was a resounding success! At one point more
people were discussing the Twitter Moot than any other issue in
Canada (it was the "trending topic" in the country).
The moot case considered an appeal from the BC Court of Appeal
decision in West Moberly First Nations v. British Columbia to
the Supreme Court of Twitter. The BC Court of Appeal suspended a
permit allowing First Coal Corporation to explore for coal in the
habitat of a threatened caribou herd, upholding a decision of the
BC Supreme Court that the government had not adequately consulted
the West Moberly First Nations on protecting the
Burnt Pine caribou herd. Chief Roland Willson, of the West Moberly
First Nations, reacting to the decision, said:
Caribou have been a big part of our culture and diet for
countless generations. Our traditional hunting practices are our
heritage. This judgment supports our efforts to protect this
heritage for future generations. ... The court has sent a clear
message that BC must take proactive steps to protect the integrity
of our Treaty rights. Now that the court has affirmed the
government's duty, we look forward to working cooperatively in
the coming weeks and months to do what it takes to save this
species from extinction.
Our congratulations to the winning teams -Team Osgoode, the Moot
Champions, and Team UVic, winners of the Peoples Choice Award
– and to all of the participants. We look forward to
hearing more from this next generation of environmental
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