PARCS UPDATE #144:
LEGAL RIGHTS FOR LAKES & RIVERS?
Read about this history-making announcement and mark your calendar for May 19th
First Canadian water body to be granted
official rights and legal parenthood
On Feb. 23, 2021, a formal news release announced that a First Nation and a Rural Municipality had jointly passed two parallel resolutions assigning 9 rights and their potential GUARDIANSHIP of the MAGPIE RIVER in Quebec.
The two resolutions, more than 10 pages each, rest on multiple legal bases in both national and international law.
The initiative is part of a global movement - particularly active in New Zealand, the USA and Ecuador - to recognie the rights of Nature.
The MAGPIE RIVER is 300 km long and is internationally know for its rapids and for whitewater expeditions (named one of the top 10 in the world by National Geographic magazine).
"This recognition will promote the protection of the Magpie River's ecosystems and allow our local communities to share and preserve their recreational activities," said a spokesperson for the Rural Municipality.
Here's the most amazing part of this news: On May 19/21, Pamela Martin will give the opening address at the PARCS 2021 SPRING FESTIVAL - a series of webinar sessions sponsored by PARCS .
Pamela Martin is the author of a recently released book about "granting official rights and legal parenthood to lakes and rivers" .

MARK THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR !

PLAN TO JOIN THIS FREE WEBINAR !
To read more about this river in Quebec, visit www.ecojustice.ca and note the March 5th article on the front page of the Ecojustice website.