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.