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.