About

This project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. We are grateful for their support.

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The Decolonizing Water project is housed in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. The goal of the project is to create a prototype of an Indigenous-led community-based water monitoring initiative that is rooted in Indigenous laws, and is a practical expression of Indigenous water governance.

Learn more about the Decolonizing Water Project


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This portal is based on teachings from scholars and community members who are working to protect and honour the water.  We are extremely grateful to the many Indigenous community members who shared their teachings with us and for the important work that they do. Chi miigwetch. 


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The people who created and contributed to this portal are listed below:

Courtenay Crane, Photographer and Videographer - Courtenay is the Media Manager for the Decolonizing Water Project at UBC. She has a degree in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Geography from UBC and a diploma in Film Production from Vancouver Film School. Courtenay is Anishinaabekwe, a member of the Key First Nation, in Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan.

Dr. Karen Bakker, Producer - Karen is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Geography, and the Director of the Program on Water Governance at UBC.

Professor Aimée Craft, Co-Lead, Decolonizing Water Project - Aimée Craft is an Indigenous lawyer (Anishinaabe-Métis), an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Common law, University of Ottawa and an Adjunct Professor in Law at the University of Manitoba. 

Professor John Borrows, Researcher - John is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria. He is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash unceded First Nation in Neyaashiinigmiing.

Professor Deborah McGregor, Researcher. - Deborah is an Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice, York University.



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