A partnership between the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources and the First Nations Fisheries Council has been established to work on a research project that helps understand these opportunities and challenges. This project includes:
(1) Understanding the current capacities of First Nations to develop Indigenous water plans (i.e. water strategies guided by Indigenous laws, values, and culture) and water plans recognized under the Water Sustainability Act.
(2) Identifying characteristics of indigenous water planning, and water plans that could be recognized under the Water Sustainability Act.
(3) Identifying types of governance arrangements, determine capacity needs, and possible conditions for First Nations to be engaged locally, regionally, and provincially.
One of the activities for this initiative was to distribute an e-survey with First Nations across British Columbia. CIER and First Nations Fisheries Council would like to thank all the BC First Nations who completed the Indigenous Watershed Initiatives and Governance Arrangements survey! Our goal for the survey was to understand capacity levels in BC First Nations to be involved in future water and water related initiatives and to engage in different governance arrangements. We learned a lot from the surveys and look forward to communicating these results with the First Nations.
We are pleased to announce the winner of the draw for the $1,000 grant towards an ongoing or new environmental initiative is the Treaty, Lands and Natural Resources Department of Tsleil-Waututh Nation! Congratulations!
Funding for this initiative was generously provided by the Real Estate Foundation of BC, Tides Canada Foundation - Dragonfly Strategic Grantmaking Fund, the Vancouver Foundation Tula Community Fund and First Nations Fisheries Council of British Columbia.
NOTE: This research project recognizes First Nations unceded rights and title and does not constitute consultation.
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