Global Indigenous Speaker Series Dr. Kelsey Leonard Indigenous Water Justice for Planetary Wellbeing

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm EST
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Stacey Pawluk
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(807) 766-7219
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 Dr. Kelsey Leonard is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Waters, Climate and Sustainability and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, where her research focuses on Indigenous water justice and its climatic, territorial, and governance underpinnings. Dr. Leonard seeks to establish Indigenous traditions of water conservation as the foundation for international water policymaking. 

Dr. Leonard has been instrumental in safeguarding the interests of Indigenous Nations for environmental planning and builds Indigenous science and knowledge into new solutions for water governance and sustainable oceans. In collaboration with a global team of water law scholars Dr. Leonard has published in Lewis and Clark Law Review on Indigenous Water Justice and the defining international legal principle of self-determination under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Her recent scholarship explores legal personhood for water and you can watch her TEDTalk “Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans” which has over 3 million views.

Title: Indigenous Water Justice for Planetary Wellbeing

 Description: Indigenous water justice recognizes that Water is a living entity with inherent rights and to whom we have a duty of care. As we navigate the uncertainty of the Anthropocene driven by our climate crisis this talk will explore the ways in which Indigenous law respecting the rights of responsibility to Water empowers planetary wellbeing.