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Indigenous Water Initiatives: Achievements and Capacity Gaps

  • POLIS Water Sustainability Project Sedgewick Building, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia (map)

A priority winning condition for watershed governance in British Columbia is co-governance, which involves meaningful partnerships and shared decision-making between Indigenous and non-Indigenous decision-makers and communities. Before co-governance arrangements can be initiated, First Nations must have the internal means to develop and articulate their communities’ water priorities and values. In many regions in B.C., First Nations are leading innovative watershed governance approaches. Despite this leadership, there are also capacity gaps that can constrain progress.

In this webinar, Kate Cave (Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources) and Genevieve Layton-Cartier (First Nations Fisheries Council) will share results from a 2016 systematic research review of Indigenous-led freshwater planning initiatives and co-governance arrangements in B.C. This research identified capacity gaps and will contribute to shaping the future of freshwater planning and a new watershed governance regime in the province. The webinar will also feature perspectives from Shannon Squire (P'egp'ig'lha Council/T'it'q'et First Nation) and Ashley Doyle (Kwantlen First Nation), who will share their journeys to implement or develop water initiatives in their respective nations.

This webinar is co-hosted by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, and the First Nations Fisheries Council.