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Indigenous peoples and saltwater / freshwater governance


Butterly, L and Richardson, BJ, Indigenous peoples and saltwater / freshwater governance, Indigenous Law Bulletin, 8, (26) pp. 3-8. ISSN 1328-5475 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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From an Indigenous worldview, land and water are one. This separation of how the law ‘deals’ with land and sea is a Western construct. We can see that ‘deconstructing aqua nullius’ - both in terms of salt and freshwater - continues to be a major cultural and governance challenge. This challenge is particularly apparent when we are considering Indigenous environmental governance of saltwater and freshwater. In February 2016, we convened an international workshop in Tasmania, on the land and water of the Mouheneenner people, to explore these and other issues in the relationships between Indigenous peoples and their marine and freshwater environments, and the role of law in mediating those relationships. Entitled ‘Indigenous Peoples and Saltwater/ Freshwater Governance for a Sustainable Future’, this gathering featured Indigenous and non-Indigenous speakers, of diverse academic and community backgrounds, from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Canada and the United States, as well as presenters from across Australia.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:indigenous peoples, freshwater, saltwater, governance, Mouheneenner
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Richardson, BJ (Professor Benjamin Richardson)
ID Code:112102
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2016-10-27
Last Modified:2018-04-18
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