Deriving the Right to Water from the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of the Person: Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Aboriginal Communities in Canada



Regardless of whether or not there is a free-standing human right to water, the breadth of constitutional guarantees such as the right to life may allow for a water right to be derived from other more commonly recognized fundamental rights. This article examines the question of whether a right to safe drinking water can be derived from the right to life, liberty and security of the person that is protected in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. By examining the situation of Aboriginal communities in Canada and the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court of Canada, it appears that a right to water may, in certain circumstances, be derived from other fundamental human rights.