Making Research Relevant for First Nations

 

RES’EAU-WaterNET investigators and students/engineers were on site to provide updates on their work in First Nations communities in BC and Ontario during the 7th Annual BC First Nation Water & Wastewater Operational Excellence Conference & Interactive Trade Show.  

Hosted by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, the event attracted water operators from across the country to Vancouver October 8 to 10, 2014. RES’EAU hosted a half-day session on October 10. 

For the second year in a row, RES’EAU and UBC’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering also co-hosted the pre-conference visit of 90 delegates to several labs and research facilities. In addition, they toured the UBC Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability and the UBC Museum of Anthropology.

RES’EAU’s goal for this collaboration was to acknowledge that community operators really drive the innovation process,” said Dr. Madjid Mohseni, the network’s scientific director. “Bringing them together with academics and researchers allows us to keep our work relevant while giving operators access to university resources that can enhance their community water system.”

Presenters and topics at RES’EAU’s session included:

Sustainable Solutions for Aboriginal Water Systems
Dr. Madjid Mohseni (UBC)

Water Systems Upgrades in Lytton First Nation
Jim Brown (Lytton First Nations) & John Bergese (UBC)

Sustainable Solutions for Aboriginal Water Systems - Youth Summer Workshop
Elliott Corston-Pine (University of Guelph)

Perceptions of Drinking Water Safety and Quality among Reserve First Nations & Small Rural Communities Across Canada 
Nicole Wilson (UBC)

Attributes Contributing to Drinking Water Advisories for Small Drinking Water Systems
Dr. Ed McBean, (University of Guelph)

First Nations Water Operator Support & Training in British Columbia
Kaitlynn Livingstone (UBC)