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Quebec river granted legal personhood, a first in Canada

Magpie River

An internationally renowned whiteriver in Quebec was granted legal personhood, a first in Canada, in an effort to protect its ecosystems from future development following the adoption of two parallel resolutions by a local indigenous community and municipality, setting the stage for a similar effort for the St. Lawrence River.

The initiative, part of a growing global movement that has taken root particularly in Ecuador and New Zealand, may beckon a paradigm shift in environmental law, may bolster the integration of Indigenous law into the Canadian legal system, and has the potential of transforming the legal concept of property, according to legal experts.

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This story was originally published in Law360 Canada.

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