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