“This year, we are trying something new,” said Oliver M. Brandes, POLIS Water Sustainability Project Lead. “Instead of one large, in-person gathering like we’ve done in the past, we are hosting a series of focused in-person and virtual events,Read more »
This spring, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project team has been busy hosting and participating in a variety of events focused on various aspects of freshwater governance, planning, and protection. Looking toward the half-day Watersheds 2018 forum on June 5th, each of these recent events has offered different insight and perspective as B.C.’s freshwater community continues to work towards building capacity to advance watershed governance.
Tools for Groundwater-Surface Water Connectivity under SGMA Workshop Read more »
On March 23rd Nicola Valley’s five First Nation bands and the Government of British Columbia made history when they co-signed the brand-new Nicola watershed pilot memorandum of understanding (MOU).
This innovative project will promote the co-leadership of water resources by the Province and the Nicola First Nations with an overarching goal of sustainable management and improved health of the Nicola watershed. This represents a potentially leading example of watershed governance in action as B.C.Read more »
Collaborative consent provides a powerful way to tackle difficult questions about how Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments can work together to make decisions about water and land use.
Canada’s relationships with Indigenous peoples—and the institutions, laws, and policies governing these relationships—remain fraught with challenges 150 years into Confederation. These tensions are evident in freshwater governance in B.C. where First Nations are excluded from the major decision-making regime; yet the outcomes have a significant impact on Indigenous rights and important cultural,Read more »
Oliver M. Brandes, POLIS Water Sustainability Project Lead, has been appointed to support the review of better source water protection in B.C.’s Hullcar Aquifer. George Heyman, B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, made the announcement earlier this month.
Pollution in the Hullcar Aquifer, which supplies drinking water to about 150 residents, has been the subject of recent national attention. For over two years, its nitrate levels have exceeded the maximum allowed under the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines.Read more »
This summer, the POLIS WSP team is busy working on a number of projects that are nearing completion and will ready for release by early fall. We wanted to provide you a “sneak preview” of what our team has under development. Stay tuned for more information on each of these publications and events.
Collaborative Consent and B.C.’s Water: Towards Co-Governance for B.C.’s Watersheds
A joint effort of the POLIS Water Sustainability Project and the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources,Read more »
On June 28th and 29th, 15 Indigenous water leaders from across B.C. came together at the First Nations Water Governance Roundtable in Smithers, B.C. on Wet’suwet’en Territory in the Skeena region. Each participant came from a First Nation community that has made significant advancements in the management and governance of fresh water in its territory. The Roundtable provided a space for peer learning and strategic collaboration, with the goal of advancing the collective vision of Indigenous-led freshwater governance in British Columbia.Read more »
As B.C.’s new government begins the hard work of setting the path forward for the province, the POLIS WSP has released the policy paper A Revitalized Water Agenda for British Columbia’s Circular Economy to help provide focus and momentum for provincial freshwater priorities going forward.
“We are in a critical moment of opportunity for B.C. to set forward a bold new water agenda,” said WSP Project Lead Oliver M.Read more »
In 1993, the United Nations designated March 22nd as World Water Day. People gather to highlight the pivotal role water plays in our everyday lives and reflect on how to best manage this critical resource. In Canada, it has become custom to gather throughout that whole week (Canada Water Week), with events planned in watersheds across the country. Here at the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, we were buzzing with activity throughout the whole month,Read more »