Project Updates

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.

Watershed Security Agenda for British Columbia

Setting direction for the next mandate

The POLIS team has developed a comprehensive Watershed Security Agenda to provide direction and support to the provincial government’s critical platform commitments to protect clean water, develop a watershed security strategy and fund, and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and the B.C. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.

Overhauling federal freshwater legislation

Water Security for Canadians Initiative works to modernize water law and governance in Canada

The Water Security for Canadians Initiative brings forward actions for federal policy and institutional reform and the modernization of the Canada Water Act.

Water has crucial role in modernized land use planning

New research from POLIS Water Sustainability Project

New innovative applied research offers an extensive review of past and current land use planning efforts in B.C., and outlines specific actions for a modernized land use and water planning regime in the province.

Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Program Celebrates 10 Years

New Watershed Governance Dispatch Released by POLIS Water Sustainability Project

The latest publication in POLIS’ Watershed Governance Dispatch series focuses on the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN)’s Drinking Water and Watershed Protection (DWWP) Program and three winning conditions for watershed governance: sustainable long-term funding; support and partnership with local government; and availability of data, information, and monitoring.

Watersheds 2020 Website Launch

Plus survey to contribute to program development

The POLIS team has been hard at work preparing for Watersheds 2020 (October 14-16, location TBD). This week, the team launched the Watersheds 2020 website! The forum's program will be shaped by needs and priorities identified by the B.C. freshwater community. If you would like to contribute to the discussion, please fill out the survey.