This is the first time in Canada that a natural asset has received the status of a statutory person under a global campaign to recognize the rights of nature in law.
Located in Canada, the Muteshekau Shipu (Magpie River) flows 600 kilometers in the Quebec Cte-Nord region. It is culturally important to the Innu and is popular for rafts and shipping. Despite efforts to preserve the river, the Muteshekau Shipu River continues to face threats due to potential new hydroelectric dam development projects.
However, in February ‘The Innu Council of Ekuanitshit’ and ‘Minangei Regional County Municipality’ granted the status of ‘statutory person’ to Muetsekau Shipu (Magpie River). This step can create better prospects for the future of this charismatic river. This is the first time in Canada that a natural asset has received the status of a statutory person in a global campaign to recognize the rights of nature in law.
respect for natural resources
Ethnic communities around the world are playing an important role in maintaining the rights of such sacred and pristine rivers, forests and mountains. Recognizing the rights of nature is an opportunity to increase the power of ethnic people’s laws and worldview with the intention of benefiting all peoples.
The belief is that natural resources are like resources for us, which can be given life for a long time by just giving a little respect and a little care to them and can be used by human beings for their benefit. It is deeply embedded in Canada’s law and economic system.
Granting ‘person’ status a promising step
These values influence the core ideologies of our biodiversity and climate crisis. These ideologies justify the transformation of rivers, forests and our surroundings into mere commodities and private property at our own risk. A promising statutory innovation is to ensure that natural resources have the status of a statutory person and their legal rights.
Rights given to nature
On February 23, the ‘Alliance for the Protection of the Magpie River/Muteshekau Shipu’ got nine rights to the river. These include rights such as a river free of pollution, usable with natural flow and protection.
The members of the ‘Innu Council of Ekuanitshit, who were part of the alliance, will be the protectors of the river. This means that the people associated with it will be formally responsible for the care of the river in future.
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