In Canadian first, Quebec whitewater river declared legal ‘person’ with its own rights

In Canadian first, Quebec whitewater river declared legal ‘person’ with its own rights
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MONTREAL —
A famous whitewater river in northern Quebec is the first place in Canada to be declared a person, legally speaking, under a new environmental strategy that’s taken off in some other countries.

The Magpie River in Quebec’s Cote-Nord was given legal personhood through twin resolutions by the local Innu council and by the local municipality of Minganie.

That united front, along with the river’s fame, makes it a “perfect test case” in Canada for the idea, according to a Montreal organization specializing in this legal tactic.

As a legal person, the river has nine distinct rights and the possibility of having legal guardians, said the groups in a joint press release.

“The people closest to the river will be those watching over it from now on,”…



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