Rosie Simms

Rosie_croppedCurrent Research: Rosie is a Masters student working with Dr. Leila Harris at the Institute for Resources and Environmental Sustainability. Her research focuses on dynamics of water access and governance for First Nations in British Columbia.

Biography: Rosie has a BA&Sc (Hons) Environment degree from McGill University, where her interests converged around water governance and Indigenous studies. During her time at McGill, Rosie co-organized Uncharted Waters, a national student conference on Canadian water issues. Her academic and working ventures have taken her twice to Baffin Island with Students on Ice, as well as to Panama for a 4-month field study semester, where she completed an internship investigating Indigenous rights and conflicts around Canadian mining development.


SSHRC Masters award, 2013


Simms, R. (2013). Book Review: Mascarenhas, M. (2012). Where the Waters Divide: Neoliberalism, White Privilege, and Environmental Racism in CanadaThe International Indigenous Policy Journal, 4(3): 1-4.

Simms. R. (2014). “All of the water that is in our reserves and that is in our territories is ours”: Colonial and Indigenous governance in unceded Indigenous territories in British Columbia. (MA Thesis), University of British Columbia. Available:

Simms, R. (2015). First Nations reserve drinking water issues in Canada: A governance primer. Vancouver, BC: UBC Program on Water Governance.

Simms, R. (2015). Indigenous water governance in British Columbia and Canada: Annotated bibliography. Vancouver, BC: UBC Program on Water Governance