Merrell-Ann Phare presents "Water Co-Governance and Collaborative Consent: Working in partnership with Indigenous peoples to protect water and honour the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)."
A lawyer and author, Phare is former Chief Negotiator on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories in their negotiation of transboundary water agreements in the Mackenzie River Basin and in negotiating Thaidene Nene national and territorial parks. As Founding Executive Director of the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER), she has worked with First Nations in addressing many environmental issues they face. Merrell-Ann is legal counsel and advisor to a number of Indigenous and other governments and organizations and regularly speaks on topics addressing environmental issues, Aboriginal rights, and governance.
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