What significance does water have in First-Nations legal traditions?

Aimée Craft, legal scholar specializing in indigenous perspectives on treaties and Canadian aboriginal law

Indigenous legal scholar Aimée Craft describes the significance of water in First-Nations legal systems. As transecting Canadian federal law and indigenous legal systems water law is a contestable area. One major difference is the agency — and hence legal standing — that water is acknowledged to have in indigenous contexts, due to its spiritual significance. This fact has significant practical and theoretical implications.

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Bifrost gratefully acknowledges Prof. Robert Boschman of Mount Royal University and the leadership of the research network NIES for all their valuable work and support behind the scenes that helped make the interview excerpted in this video possible. Grateful acknowledgment is also made to Mount Royal University and the conference Under Western Skies 2016, where the interview was filmed.
Credit: Hartman, Steven, Peter Norrman and Aimée Craft. What significance does water have in First-Nations legal traditions? Originally published in bifrostonline.org, 30 November 2017 (CC BY-SA 2.0)