In March 2017, 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. Shortly after, the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers in India were also granted legal personhood.
What does it mean for a water body to be granted personhood? How might we go about doing this in Canada?
In our Fresh Ideas webinar Rights of Rivers, special guests Vernon Tava and Caleb Behn discussed the landmark law in New Zealand and how a Dene and Dunne-Za framework could be applied to protect the rights of water in Canada.
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