Symposium: June 10, 2022.
The Symposium is planned as a one day, in-person event, where a group of academics, municipal and other politicians, and members of civil society groups will gather to examine the ways in which constitutional jurisdiction and legal rights impact the flourishing of the environment. We will explore the legal, and governance opportunities and challenges emerging as we examine our relationship with the environment, and innovative approaches for law reform. How do Indigenous Law and municipal, provincial, and federal jurisdictions converge with respect to the environment? What jurisdictional hurdles prevent thriving of the environment? We will visit the North Saskatchewan River to explore different conceptions of the river – as legal person, as agent, as relation – and hear from elders and scholars about ways to reimagine relationship with it. We will then gather to make recommendations for change that can be used to further dialogue, as well as legal and policy recommendations for governments.
This Symposium is the culmination of a year-long webinar series which has explored jurisdictional hurdles that impact the thriving of our environment, as well as innovative approaches to rethinking relationship with it. The series has explored granting legal rights to rivers, Indigenous jurisdiction and the environment, and animals as legal beings: contesting anthropocentric legal orders.