Future Forums: First nations for water justice

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar


Water is essential to life on earth, but global access to fresh water is threatening our shared future.

The availability of fresh and non-contaminated water is a greater risk than most realise. Changing weather patterns, overuse, and natural and human interventions have resulted in increased droughts, flooding, instability of the water table, extinction of plants and wildlife that assist in keeping waterways healthy. The World Health Organization states that by 2025 half of the world’s population will live in areas with permanent water scarcity.

With the recent launch of the Naadohbii: To Draw Water exhibition at Melbourne Museum, this program brings together First Nations voices who are leading solutions for sustainable water resource management. Featuring N'arweet Carolyn Briggs AM, senior elder and chairperson and founder of the Boon Wurrung Foundation and Jacinta Ruru (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui), award winning Professor of Law at the University of Otago joining live via video link.

In 2017, Aotearoa granted legal personhood to the Whanganui River. Since then, other nations around the world have followed suit, elevating the power of Indigenous Peoples’ laws and worldviews to benefit our future. This discussion will center on the connections and solidarity between Indigenous nations across the globe around environmental, political, and cultural traditions and interconnected relationships to water, and how this understanding is fundamental to creating a just and livable future for us all.
Period8 Nov 2022
Held atMuseums Board of Victoria (trading as Museums Victoria) , Australia, Victoria
Degree of RecognitionNational