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Water Rites: Reimagining Water in the West


Edited by Jim Ellis

$29.99 CAD / $29.99 USD

168 pages, 45 illustrations

978-1-55238-997-3 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-999-7 (Institutional PDF)

978-1-55238-934-8 (ePub)

978-1-55238-935-5 (mobi)

Calgary Institute for the Humanities

May 2018

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About the Book

What are the challenges surrounding water in Western Canada?

What are our rights to water? Does water itself have rights?

Water Rites: Reimagining Water in the West documents the many ways that water flows through our lives, connecting the humans, animals, and plants that all depend on this precious and endangered resource.

Essays from scholars, activists, environmentalists, and human rights advocates illuminate the diverse issues surrounding water in Alberta, including the right to access clean drinking water, the competing demands of the resource development industry and Indigenous communities, and the dwindling supply of fresh water in the face of human-caused climate change. Statements from community organizations detail the challenges facing watersheds, and the actions being taken to mitigate these problems. With a special focus on Environmental and Indigenous issues, Water Rites explores how deeply water is tied to human life.

These essays are complemented by full-colour portfolios of work by contemporary painters, photographers, and installation artists who explore our relation to water.  Reproductions of historical paintings, engravings and film stills demonstrate how water has shaped our country’s cultural imaginary from its beginnings, proving that water is a vital resource for our lives and our imaginations.

Jim Ellis is a professor of English at the University of Calgary and Director of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities.

With Contributions By:  Jim Ellis, Michelle Daigle, Warren Cariou, Helen Knott, Nancy Tousley, Jodi Hilty, Aerin Jacob, Hillary Young, Kelly Zenkenwich, Flora Giesbrecht, Leslie Sweder, David K. Laidlaw, Ciara McKeown, Josée Méthot, Amy Spark, Charles Tepperman, and the Alberta ecoTrust. 

Table of Contents
 

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Rethinking our Relations to Water

Jim Ellis

Embodying Kinship Responsibilities In and Through Nipi (Water)
Michelle Daigle

Petrography and Water: Artist’s Statement and Portfolio
Warren Cariou

Women, Water, Land: Writing from the Intersections
Helen Knott

Tanya Hartnett: The Poetics and Politics of Scarred/Sacred Water
Nancy Tousley

Y2Y: Conserving Headwaters
Jodi Hilty, Aerin Jacob, Hilary Young, Kelly Zenkewich

Elbow River Watershed Partnership
Flora Giesbrecht

Confluence: Artist’s Statement and Portfolio
Leslie Sweder

Indigenous Water Rights and Global Warming in Alberta
David K. Laidlaw

Watershed+: Rethinking Pulblic Art
Ciara McKeown

Swimming in Systems
Josée Méthot and Amy Spark

Glorie à l’Eau (Glory to Water) by Alberta Tessier
Charles Tepperman

Water Rights/Water Justice
Adrian Parr

Appendix A: UN Declaration on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

Appendix B: UN Declaration the Rights of Indigenous Peoples