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November 18th 2013:The Sovereign Rights And Spiritual Qualities of Water To The Indigenous Peoples

Attorney Danika Littlechild, a member of the Ermenskin Cree Nation located in the territory of Treaty No. 6 in Alberta, Canada, shares about the complexities experienced by Indigenous Peoples who are caught between the Federal and territorial/provincial laws of the country regarding their rights to the accessibility, availability, management and purity of water on their historic, sacred lands. The Indigenous Peoples have a deeply spiritual relationship with water, which is seen as integral to their original creation story, and a primary molder of a person’s identity. Water is believed to have

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Danika Littlechild

Danika Littlechild, JD, is a member of the Erminskin Cree Nation located in the territory of Treaty No.6 in Alberta, Canada. She is a lawyer practicing in the areas of Indigenous law, Canadian Aboriginal law, environmental law and international law. She is currently consulting legal counsel for the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), and also works with various First Nations and Indigenous organizations. She has presented on the issue of water at various conferences and gatherings including the Canadian Indigenous Bar Association, the Dene National Water Gathering, annual and special meetings of the Assembly of First Nations, and at academic conferences in Victoria British Columbia.
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