This public seminar series, which can also be taken by law and graduate students for credit, will be offered in Robson Hall on Monday mornings in fall 2017.
Through readings, presentations and seminars, we will consider the persistent problem of the lack of clean drinking water and adequate sanitation in First Nation communities in Canada and what do to about this problem. We will examine five legal frameworks for understanding roles, relationships, responsibilities and rights in relation to water in Canada: Anishinaabe law, Indigenous-settler treaties, Canadian constitutional law, statutory approaches and Canada’s international law commitments. We will think about how lawyers can work with scientists, engineers and social scientists. We will examine various advocacy strategies including civil resistance. We may visit, on a weekend, the Shoal Lake First Nation #40 Museum of Human Rights Violations.
More details to come.