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Collaborative Consent and British Columbia’s Water: Towards Watershed Co-Governance

New research from POLIS Water Sustainability Project and Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

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,

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WSP’s Oliver M. Brandes to Review Pollution in Hullcar Aquifer

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.

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Fall Preview

Research and Events on the Horizon at the WSP

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,

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First Nations Water Governance Roundtable and Field Trip

Co-hosted by the First Nations Fisheries Council, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, and the POLIS Water Sustainability Project

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.

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Opportunity for Change

Building a bold water agenda must be top priority for B.C.’s new government

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.

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Celebrating World Water Day

A Month of Activities

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, 

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