The Navigating the Law to Protect the Environment webinar series is a partnership project between the Manitoba Eco-Network, the University of Winnipeg, and the Public Interest Law Centre which aims to provide information to activists, lawyers, students, and community members about a variety of environmental law topics. The project has funding support from the Manitoba Law Foundation.

The legal tools available to the public to make their voices heard regarding environmental matters are often overwhelmingly complex. By making the insights of experts in this field publicly available, we hope to improve Manitobans’ legal knowledge and help increase public engagement in legal processes and reforms related to environmental law. Please see all six webinars that were offered as part of the series and the concluding report here.

As part of the Reconciliation and Environmental Law webinar Decolonizing Water Co-lead, Aimée Craft was featured here:

UN2023 Water Conference: Decolonizing Water

Members of the University of Manitoba’s UNAI SDG 6 Hub Working Group attended the UN 2023 Water Conference held in New York on March 22-24, 2023. As part of the conference, the Working Group hosted a side event focusing on the role of Indigenous Peoples in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6, “Clean water and sanitation for all.” Side event title: Decolonizing water governance through Indigenous knowledge, self-determination, and relationships with water. The side event was organized by: University of Manitoba, Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Decolonizing Water, Future Earth, and Himalayan Peace Foundation.

Mural Timelapse

In January 2023 professor Aimée Craft and Decolonizing Water in partnership with the University of Ottawa’s faculty of Law, Common and Civil Law proposed to create something new at Fauteux Hall.

The result of the collaboration is a new mural painted on the third floor of Fauteux Hall, currently the home of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law.

The design was created Indigenous art collective (Onaman Collective) to reflect Anishinaabe teachings and legal principles. The mural will be a teaching tool and a reminder of the importance of Indigenous legal traditions in Canadian law. This project represents a commitment to Indigenous legal orders and education in law schools, in line with the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action 28.

Artistic Works

1.) Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law. (2017). Decolonizing Water Project: Indigenous Water Law [Video file]Retrieved from

2.)Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law. (2017). How We Work [Video file]Retrieved from

3.) Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law. (2017). Indigenous Water Law [Video file]Retrieved from

4.) Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law. (2017). Clay and Water: Artist KC Clay on Traditional Pottery [Video file]. Retrieved from

5.) Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law. (2017). Anishinaabe Nibi (Water) Gathering [Video file]. Retrieved from

Team Members Interviewed in Media

1.) Kurajata, A. (2017, January 15). Site C ruling shows Canadian courts don’t take reconciliation seriously, says law professor. CBC. Retrieved from

2.) Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver. (2018, April 17). Middays with Jody Vance – Karen Bakker and Gordon Christie. Retrieved from

3.) Gray, C. (2018, June 21). Decolonizing Water: A Conversation with Aimée Craft. Retrieved from Centre for International Governance Innovation website:

4.) CBC Radio. (2018, April 19). Indigenous environmental justice works to turn long-standing stewardship into recognized governance. Retrieved from

5.)  (2018, April). Site C and High Modernity. Retrieved from