Fresh Ideas Webinar: Rights of Rivers


Earlier this year, the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2016 was passed in the New Zealand legislature, officially granting legal personhood to the Whanaganui River in New Zealand. 

Join us on June 1st at 1pm PT / 4pm ET to learn about how this case, and implications and considerations for giving constitutionally protected rights to nature. 

With special guests: 

Vernon Tava, who holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His thesis was on the inclusion of non-human nature into constitutional frameworks by way of a comparative analysis of the 'Bolivarian' countries of Latin America. Vernon is a frequent mainstream media commentator on political issues and current affairs, and has paid close attention to the historic Whanganui River case. Read Vernon's blog post about "the river that owns itself."

Caleb Behn, the Executive Director of the ‘Keepers Of The Water’, an indigenous led grassroots organization dedicated to protecting water in the Arctic Basin. Caleb is Eh-cho Dene and Dunne-Za and hails from Treaty No. 8 in Northeastern BC. Caleb graduated from the University of Victoria Law Program with a concentration in Environmental Law and Sustainability. His current research focuses upon unconventional energy, indigenous health and water governance.


June 01, 2017 at 4pm - 5pm
Stan Tomandl Laurel Eyton Donna Aljam Charmagne Moise Mari Galloway Matt Hammer Buck Lindekugel Deborah Carlson Claire Gilmore Sherry Boudreau Stephen McGlenn Christine Scotnicki Mona Madill Genevieve Layton-Cartier Amelia Marchand Douglas Gook Rob Milligan Claude Labine Romila Verma Kelly Schnare Barbara DuTot Paul van Arragon Chukwuebuka Edum Wayne Harling David Lawrence Linda Safford Oliver Brandes Murray Ball Jan Thompson Kathryn Lindsay James Casey June Ross Sukhpreet Sangha Lindsay Day Myriam Landry Susi Porter-Bopp Jackie Bourgeois Raj Gill Ian Stephen wendy johnston Danielle Johnston Ashley Wallis Makere Harawira Shianne McKay Korice Moir Randy Christensen Heather Gingerich Naomi Langlois

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