Project Updates


Borders as places of cooperation and reconciliation

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.

Introducing New Collaborative Monitoring Initiative

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. 

Reconciliation Resources

Compiled in response to the mass burial site discovery at the Kamloops Residential School

A 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.

Water Resilience

New Book on Management and Governance in Times of Change

On 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 Society

To 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 Released

The 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 tradition

It’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.