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UNDRIP has implications for fresh water governance in Canada | Hannah Askew

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 9:46 AM | By Hannah Askew

Canada’s plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) will necessitate substantial changes to how we make decisions affecting water. In particular, the requirement for the Crown to seek the “free, prior and informed consent” of First Nations prior to undertaking new development projects on their territories (under articles 10 and 19 of the declaration) has the potential to catalyze a new approach to water governance.

Currently, many First Nations are experiencing water safety crises on their territories. A recent...