Water: The Life of a Community Workshop Series Focuses on Reconciliation in the Context of Drinking Water

As part of a strategic network enhancement initiative, RES’EAU-WaterNET is mobilizing a nationwide effort to align motivations, thinking and investment toward community health in Canada's First Nations communities. 

The Water: The Life of a Community workshop series uses the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 recommendations to frame dialogue led by community leaders and members, as well as professionals and researchers, who influence the implementation of sustainable healthy water solutions within First Nations communities.

Over next four months, the workshops will build awareness and understanding that will support a recasting of systems necessary to address complex water issues in First Nations communities. Workshop outcomes will also include:

  • Uncovering gaps through a shared First Nations experience;
  • Building consensus on factors that define success;
  • Identifying and prioritizing initiatives and projects;
  • Developing required skills and expertise;
  • ...and more. 

 The first of the series was held at St. Eugene’s Mission Resort, located outside of Cranbrook, BC, and was hosted by ʔaq̓am of the Ktunaxa Nation.

Participants included representatives from ʔaq̓am of the Ktunaxa Nation leadership and membership, the First Nations Operations Water Network of BC and Yukon, First Nations Health Authorities, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Interior Health, Trojan Technologies, Associated Engineering, Urban Systems, Opus International and the Canadian Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission Initiatives.

Details on the next workshops coming soon. 

Pictured above: Sophie Mae Pierre (née Eustace), who served as commissioner for the British Columbia Treaty Commission from 2009 to 2015, addressing participants in Cranbrook. Below: Workshop attendees gather outside the venue.