Access to Safe and Sustainable Drinking Water Sources in First Nation Communities

What: Creating a Blue Dialogue Webinar

Date: April 15th, 2019

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pacific Time

Cost: Free

According to Health Canada and the First Nations Health Authority, drinking water advisories are currently in effect in over 40 First Nation communities across Canada, including nine First Nation communities in British Columbia. Drawing on current research and firsthand experience, this webinar will explore the topic of safe and sustainable drinking water in First Nation communities.

The speakers will discuss the serious realities around this issue, address the challenges being faced, and offer insight on how decision-making can be improved.

Lalita Bharadwaj (Unversity of Saskatchewan) will begin with an overview of drinking water realities in communities across Canada, including a discussion about differing worldviews on fresh water and the resulting challenges of these diverse opinions. Using community examples, she will highlight the top 10 public health achievements, and also discuss source water, treatment, and water supply system challenges.

Kukpi7 (Chief) Wayne Christian (Splatsin) will then tell the story of groundwater contamination in B.C.’s Hullcar Valley and the realities of what this current crisis means for the Splatsin people. Offering his firsthand perspective, Kukpi7 Christian will describe what the nation expects of government, and what Splatsin needs to ensure safe and sustainable drinking water for all its people into the future.



Hosted since 2010 by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, the Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series brings together expert water practitioners and thinkers, as well as emerging water leaders, to engage with innovative ideas on water policy and governance in Canada. By creating an online community of interest, the series strengthens the national capacity to engage with and solve problems, and raises awareness about emerging Canadian water issues, best practices, and policies. The 2018/019 season is being co-hosted by POLIS and the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN) with a focus on research developed by WEPGN researchers and partners.