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Stories and Sovereignty: Winter Tales of Water and Love – Walking for the Water

March 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Walking for the Water

  • Date: Thursday, March 7th, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Location: HNES Building, Rm. 140, York University
  • Speaker or Panel: Kelsey Leonard

Kelsey Leonard

Kelsey Leonard is a PhD candidate from the Department of Political Science at McMaster University and the first Native American woman to earn a science degree from the University of Oxford, which she earned in 2012, she has an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from St. Cross College, Her master’s thesis, “Water Quality For Native Nations: Achieving A Trust Responsibility”, discusses water quality regulation and how water resources on tribal land are not protected. Kelsey strives to be a strong advocate for the protection of Indigenous waters through enhanced inter-jurisdictional coordination and meaningful consultation. She has been instrumental in protecting the interests of Tribes with the development of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan and building a sustainable ocean future by valuing Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge. A part of her research has been creating dialogue with the Great Lake Water Walkers to better understand the threats to water protection in the Great Lakes, representing a call to action for Indigenous water governance. Accompanying Kelsey are a panel of Water Walkers who will share their stories, struggles and experiences.


March 7, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm