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The POLIS Water Sustainability Project is seeking a Water Leaders & Special Projects Coordinator for an initial full-time 1-year term position, with opportunities to extend.
With a funding boost from the B.C. provincial government, more than 60 teams are currently working to restore the streams, rivers, and lakes we all rely on. The Healthy Watersheds Initiative is creating jobs, advancing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and restoring watersheds to mitigate the effects of climate change.
The POLIS team is pleased to have welcomed Benjamin Perrier as a postdoctoral researcher over the past year, where his work is focusing on transnational law and transboundary watershed governance between Canada and the United States. “As water creates links between different countries, we must be able to think of these links in terms of cooperation, coordination, and co-governance,” says Ben.
We are pleased to welcome Ania Javorski as Coordinator for the new Collaborative Monitoring Initiative (CMI). The CMI is a partnership between the BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative and Watersheds BC, both of which are projects of MakeWay, and the POLIS Water Sustainability Project.
Listening Circle with Coast Salish Elders Florence James and Raymond Tony Charlie
200 people gather to listen & better understand what reconciliation requires of usA Listening Circle was held online June 30, 2021 led by Coast Salish Elders Florence James and Raymond Tony Charlie, along with Rocky James, all members of Penelakut Tribe.
In a new study by The Delphi Group commissioned by the BC Water Funders Collaborative, the BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative, and the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, the full economic impact of B.C.'s watershed sector has been mapped for the first time, revealing that the sector currently contributes 47,900 jobs and $5 billion annually to the B.C. economy.
We write this message to share with our cherished colleagues and friends as an expression of our deep sadness and sincere condolences to families and communities of the 215 children found in an unmarked mass burial site at the former Kamloops Residential School, on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops.
Compiled in response to the mass burial site discovery at the Kamloops Residential SchoolA list of statements, organizations, and reports to help deepen our understanding of the residential school experience, what reconciliation means, and what changes reconciliation requires of us. This list is not comprehensive and will be continually updated.
New Book on Management and Governance in Times of ChangeOn March 24th, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project and Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Center (ESRC) hosted the virtual book launch for "Water Resilience: Management and Governance in Times of Change." The book explores the importance of a “water resilience perspective” to better adapt to the environment’s inherent complexity and uncertainty.
Celebrating World Water Day
Lots of links from POLIS, Canadian Freshwater Alliance, Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians & Watershed Watch Salmon SocietyTo mark World Water Day, the POLIS team collaborated with colleagues at the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians, and Watershed Watch Salmon Society to curate a bundle of outreach materials. From a brand-new freshwater podcast, to an online zine celebrating water through the creativity of young people, to an interview with inspiring freshwater changemakers, there is something for everyone!
Changing Attitudes. Changing Waters.
2020 Freshwater Community Survey ReleasedThe results of a new survey illuminate perspectives within British Columbia’s freshwater community on progress, challenges, gaps, and needs to strengthen water security and watershed governance in B.C.
Watersheds 2020 an Inspiring Success
Over 200 water champions came together in decade-long traditionIt’s been a month since Watersheds 2020 brought together more than 200 water champions from across B.C. and Canada to learn from one another, explore initiatives and opportunities for innovative partnerships and watershed decision-making, and be inspired to continue making a difference in their home watersheds.