August 16, 2022

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REIMAGINING RIVERS WEBINAR SERIES: The Law’s Relationship to the North Saskatchewan River

Reimagining Rivers Webinar Series: Law’s Relationship with the North Saskatchewan River

The latest Reimagining Rivers webinar is now available. Join University of Alberta Associate Professor Cameron Jefferies as he looks at “sustainable development” as an environmental law goal and how it has failed to get our society where we need to be. Professor Jefferies outlines how ‘ecological sustainability’ and ‘intergenerational stewardship’ can be better suited to achieving the necessary integration of ecological thresholds into environmental law and governance. It discusses how ecological sustainability can be implemented at a local or municipal scale, using the example of the North Saskatchewan River.

This webinar, held on February 16, 2022, is part of a series of webinars, Reimagining Rivers: Rethinking and Reframing the Relationship with the Environment.

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This webinar series, a collaboration between the Center for Constitutional Studies and the Center for Environmental Law, provides an opportunity to learn from expert speakers about the jurisdictional barriers that affect the prosperity of our environment, as well as innovative approaches to rethinking our relationship with it.

Past webinars have included:

October 29 – Reimagining Rivers: Animals as Legal Beings – Challenging Anthropocentric Legal Orders
Professor Maneesha Deckha (UVic) and Assistant Professor Jessica Eisen (UAlberta)
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10 June 2021 – Reimagining Rivers: Indigenous Jurisdiction and the Environment
Professor Darcy Lindberg and attorney Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson
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3 June 2021 – Reimagining Rivers: Magpie River as a Person
Yenny Vega Cárdenas, President of the International Observatory of Natural Rights
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The series will culminate in a symposium in late spring 2022 where we will explore different conceptions of the North Saskatchewan River: as a legal entity, as an agent, as a relationship.


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