Modernizing Marine Liability Regimes to Address the Concerns and Priorities of Indigenous Communities

WWF- Canada contracted Nuka Research to consider how Canada’s ship-source oil spill liability regime addresses claims for the types of losses that Indigenous communities may experience. Nuka Research conducted an extensive literature review and also considered past claims against the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund (SOPF).  The resulting report identifies opportunities to expand and enhance Canada’s marine oil spill liability regime, including incorporating Indigenous communities’ perspectives, addressing prevention and preparedness, and including restoration. The report is intended to support Indigenous communities and also to assist policy-makers in ongoing efforts to modernize the SOPF and liability regime established through the Marine Liability Act.

Photo: Attempts to flush a contaminated beach during Nathan E. Stewart oil spill (Heiltsuk Nation)

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