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Merrell-Ann Phare is Executive Director and Legal Counsel to the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, a national First Nation charitable environmental organization. She has been with CIER in these capacities since its inception in 1994 when the founding CIER Board of Directors asked her to assist them in creating a national First Nation environmental research, education and capacity-building organization. CIER has four program areas: Building Sustainable Communities, Protecting Lands and Waters, Conserving Biodiversity, and Taking Action on Climate Change.
Ms. Phare holds an undergraduate degree in environmental economics, and a bachelors and masters degree in law focused upon Indigenous water rights in Canada.
Merrell-Ann is a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), a legal advisor to the Assembly of First Nations regarding water matters, and serves on behalf of CIER on numerous advisory committees and consultation bodies, including the Advisory Panel for the RBC Blue Water Project. She is the author of the book ‘Denying The Source: The Crisis of First Nation Water Rights’ published in 2009 by Rocky Mountain Books. Her next book, ‘Ethical Water’, was co-authored with Robert Sandford and will be published by Rocky Mountain Books in the fall of 2011.