Our goal 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.
There is an urgent need to improve water governance in the North, which is a critical issue for many reasons:
- the increase of pressures on water resources in the context of climate change;
- the lack of robust water data;
- multiple water intensive energy industries;
- controversy over the transparency and public accountability of regulation
Our GOAL: Our long-term goal is to create a self-sustaining water and ecological monitoring program that will enhance protection of water resources and fulfill the promise of Indigenous water governance.
Our METHODS: We engage in interdisciplinary, and Indigenous-led co-research on water, including its ecological, socio-economic, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. Our project team is committed to reciprocally enabling respectful Community-Based Research and observing OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession) protocols.