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Workshop—Wading Under the Water Table: Exploring Ethics and Values in Collaborative Watershed Governance

 

To celebrate World Water Day 2016, the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and the Centre for Global Studies hosted a presentation on emerging water ethics research. This interactive presentation summarized exploratory work on water ethics undertaken as part of a Social Justice Studies Program practicum with the POLIS Project.

WHAT: "Wading Under the Water Table: Exploring Ethics and Values in Collaborative Watershed Governance"

DATE: Tuesday March 22

TIME: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Sedgewick Room C168 (the large boardroom at CFGS)

SPEAKERS: Katie Lauriston & Kelly Bannister

 

In this interactive presentation, participants were encouraged to give feedback on a bibliographic resource created from an initial literature scan of diverse fields of study and practice related to water ethics and cross-cultural values. Initial impressions were presented of cross-cultural values that inform – or ought to inform – watershed management and stewardship discussions in pursuing our aspirations of collaborative watershed governance. The goal of this presentation was to share initial findings and invite feedback that could guide the POLIS Project’s further work on water ethics.

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

Katie Lauriston is a Social Justice Studies practicum student with the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. Kelly Bannister is the Co-Director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. Her focus is on ethical and legal issues in research involving biodiversity and Indigenous cultural knowledge and she has extensive experience in ethics policy analysis and development. 

Webinar—Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of BC’s New Water Law

 

On January 28th, the WSP is hosting the third webinar in its 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Awash with Opportunity: Sustainability in BC’s New Water Law
DATE: Thursday, January 28th, 2016
TIME: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT ( 3 p.m. to  4:30 p.m. ET)

In May 2014, the Province of British Columbia enacted the Water Sustainability Act, which provides an unprecedented opportunity to fully modernize the province’s water laws. In this webinar, speakers Oliver M. Brandes (Co-Director, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and Lead, POLIS Water Sustainability Project) and Rosie Simms (Water Law & Policy Researcher, POLIS Water Sustainability Project) will share insights from the recent POLIS research report "Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of BC’s New Water Law." The research provides an analysis of the Water Sustainability Act and the core regulations required to bring the Act’s sustainable aspects into full effect. The speakers will highlight recommendations for effective regulation development in five core areas, based on best practices from around the world:

1) Groundwater licensing;

2) Environmental flows;

3) Monitoring and reporting;

4) Water objectives; and

5) Planning and governance.

The speakers will also offer specific insights on the need for a fundamental shift to a partnership-based approach to water governance and management in British Columbia, with shared roles and responsibilities to protect the province’s freshwater resources—now and into the future.

This webinar is the third instalment in the 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. It will build on the 2014/2015 season and the January 2014 report "A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia," which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance. This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of the Environment.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the January 28th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at water@polisproject.org to RSVP to the live viewing.**

Webinar—Environmental Flows: Towards Protection in Canada and B.C.

 

On October 14th, the WSP is hosting the second webinar in its 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Environmental Flows and Healthy Watersheds: Towards Protection in Canada and BC
DATE: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET)

Environmental flows provide the foundation for healthy and functioning aquatic ecosystems, fisheries, and the human livelihoods that depend on those ecosystems.Protecting environmental flows is a complex process that involves preserving several dimensions of natural flow regimes, including the quantity, timing, and quality of water flows.
 
In this webinar, speakers Brian Richter (Chief Scientist, Global Water Program, The Nature Conservancy) andDeborah Curran (Hakai Professor in Environmental Law and Sustainability & Program Director, Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria) will share insights on the critical importance of environmental flows protection and how to achieve it in Canada. The discussion will highlight international leading examples and practices to protect environmental flows and will focus on the potential of BC as a new regime for environmental flows protection is contemplated as part of the soon to be in force Water Sustainability Act. The speakers will also provide insight on how environmental flows are dealt with in law, and on the reforms needed to implement a comprehensive protection regime.
 
This webinar is the second instalment in the 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series, and is being offered in partnership with WWF-Canada. It will build on the 2014/2015 season and the January 2014 report “A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia,” which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance. This webinar was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of the Environment.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of theOctober 14th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at water@polisproject.org to RSVP to the live viewing.*

Webinar—Evolution in Transboundary Watershed Governance: Lessons from the Mackenzie Basin

 

On September 16th, the WSP is hosting the first webinar in its 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Evolution in Transboundary Watershed Governance: Lessons from the Mackenzie Basin
DATE: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET)

On March 18, 2015, the Governments of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and Alberta signed an historic transboundary water agreement. In this webinar, speakers Hon. J. Michael Miltenberger (Minister, Environment and Natural Resources, GNWT) and Merrell-Ann Phare (Chief Negotiator, NWT-Alberta Bilateral Water Management Agreement) will share the story behind the development and negotiation of the transboundary water agreement “Mackenzie River Basin: NWT-Alberta Bilateral Water Management Agreement.”

Although grounded in the Mackenzie Basin context, this webinar will offer insight and value for communities across the country. The speakers will explain what makes the agreement innovative in Canada and the world, discuss how the agreement is connected to broader critical water and energy policy issues in Canada, and explain why they think similar transboundary agreements are critical to the successful governance of watersheds in Canada.

This webinar is the first instalment in the 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. It will build on the 2014/2015 season and the January 2014 report “A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia,”which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the September 16th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at water@polisproject.org to RSVP to the live viewing.**

Webinar—Make Some Noise: Media Engagement and Water Law Reform

 

On June 19th, the WSP is co-hosting the fifth (and final) webinar in its 2014/2015 Creating a Blue Dialoguewebinar series. Register now!

This webinar will be complemented by a skills-building session intended for non-profit and First Nations groups being hosted by the Canadian Freshwater Alliance on July 28th. Register for the complimentary webinar

WHAT: Make Some Noise: Media Engagement and Water Law Reform
DATE: Friday, June 19th, 2015
TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET)

In today’s world, media is the backbone of the public sphere. It’s an important “place” where citizens can come together, exchange opinions regarding public affairs, discuss, and deliberate. Eventually, these conversations can influence public opinion and government decision-making. However, navigating today’s chaotic media landscape can be challenging.

In this webinar, speakers Laura Brandes (Communications Director, POLIS Water Sustainability Project) and Dan Fumano (Reporter, The Province Newspaper) will discuss the importance of public participation in media engagement, particularly when it comes to influencing water policy and law reforms. They will also offer some tangible tools to increase your chances of being heard.

Given specific opportunities for new, improved environmental regulations under British Columbia’s Water Sustainability Act, this webinar will focus on examples from B.C.’s current water law reform process. However, the lessons offered will be of value to individuals in jurisdictions across the country.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

This webinar will build on the September 2014 webinar “A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia,” which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance in B.C. This upcoming webinar will explore the winning condition of peer-to-peer learning and capacity building. It will be complemented by a skills-building session intended for non-profit and First Nations groups being hosted by the Canadian Freshwater Alliance on July 28th. Register for the complimentary webinar

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the June 19th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Savannah Carr-Wilson for more details.**

Webinar—Sustainable Financing for Watershed Governance

 

On May 26th, the WSP is hosting the fourth webinar in its 2014/2015 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Sustainable Financing for Watershed Governance
DATE: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET)

British Columbia’s new Water Sustainability Act offers potential opportunities to enable alternative water and watershed governance arrangements. If new governance arrangements are enabled, sustainable long-term funding will be critical. What are the options to secure these necessary financial resources?

In this webinar, the speakers will present a wide range of financial mechanisms and models that could be used to support collaborative approaches to watershed governance. Although grounded in the B.C. context, this webinar will offer insight and value for communities across the country. Drawing on a number of real-world examples, Steve Litke (Senior Program Manager, Watersheds and Water Resources, Fraser Basin Council) will present key findings from recent research conducted by the Fraser Basin Council. Christine Bergeron (Director, Community Business, Vancity) will then provide insight from her experience working within the financial sector.

This webinar is the fourth instalment in the 2014/2015 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. It will build on the September 2014 webinar “A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia,” which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance in B.C. This upcoming webinar will explore the winning condition of sustainable long-term funding.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Megan Spencer for more details.**

Islands’ Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Forests on Haida Gwaii – Book Launch & Panel Discussion

 

Join UVic’s Centre for Global Studies and POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at a book launch to celebrate and discuss one of Canada’s most contentious land-use conflicts—and one of its most important models of cultural and ecological renewal.

DATE: Monday, March 30th, 2015

TIME: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with book viewing and signing to follow

LOCATION: First Peoples House, UVic

The newly published book Islands’ Spirit Rising examines the long-term conflict over Haida Gwaii’s ancient forests and recent events that unfolded in the context of collaborative land-use planning. In response to threats posed by a century of logging, a local indigenous/ environmental/ community movement built enough momentum to challenge a multinational forest industry and the political structures enabling it.

Featuring two of B.C.’s most influential First Nation leaders, as well as the author of Islands’ Spirit Rising, the evening will trace the evolution of the Haida’s battle to regain control over their homeland, from the early days of Haida resistance to the modern context of alliances, legal battles, and evolving forms of governance. The speakers will also reflect on the broader implications of the Haida’s strategies and successes, with an audience Q&A to follow.

PANELISTS: Dr. Louise Takeda, Author & POLIS Affiliate; Guujaaw, Former President, Haida NationKekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers, Former Elected Chief, Hupacasath First Nation & UVic adjunct professor; Dr. Michael M’Gonigle, Eco-Research Chair in Environmental Law and Policy & UVic professor.

This event is free and open to the public.

Webinar—Groundwater Reform: Lessons from California

On March 20th, the WSP is hosting the third webinar in its 2014/2015 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Groundwater Reform: Lessons from California
DATE: Friday, March 20th, 2015
TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET)

In today’s age of uncertainty with a changing climate and shifting social priorities around water use, jurisdictions across the globe are rethinking how fresh water is managed and governed to ensure responsiveness to changing circumstances—both ecologically and socially. California and British Columbia are both in the process of creating new groundwater regulatory regimes.

In this webinar, guest speakers Thomas Harter (Faculty, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis) and Randy Christensen (Lawyer, Ecojustice Canada; Research Associate, POLIS Project) will discuss a recent California law reform and new approaches to groundwater management, and explore lessons that could be offered for the British Columbia context under B.C.’s new Water Sustainability Act.

This webinar is the third instalment in the 2014/2015 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. It will build on the September 2014 webinar “A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia,” which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance in B.C. This upcoming webinar will explore in more detail the winning condition of needing a functional legal framework for sustainable water and watershed management.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

Canada Water Week: Film Screening and Discussion Panel with MP Elizabeth May

 

UVic's Centre for Global Studies, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and the Water, Innovation and Global Governance Lab (Department of Geography) present "Canada Water Week: Film Screening and Discussion Panel with MP Elizabeth May"

DATE: Thursday, March 19th, 2015

TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: University of Victoria, Hickman Bldg, Room 105

The evening will begin with a screening of the short film Cold Amazon, a story of Canada's Mackenzie River Basin. The film highlights the importance and vulnerability of this watershed through the voices of those who rely on its health and work for its protection. Following the screening, MP Elizabeth May will deliver a talk discussing issues of water governance, policy, and sustainability. Additional panelists from UVic will share their views and there will be a moderated discussion and audience Q&A.

Elizabeth May is an environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer, leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands. Elizabeth May has a long record as a committed and dedicated advocate for social justice, for the environment, for human rights and for economic pragmatic solutions.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required but are appreciated. Please email cfgsworkstudy@uvic.ca if you plan to attend. 

Working Better Together Conference on Indigenous Research Ethics

The "Working Better Together Conference on Indigenous Research Ethics" will take place February 19-20th, 2015 at the Listel Hotel in downtown Vancouver, BC.

This event will bring together community-engaged academic and community researchers, educators, practitioners, policy makers, analysts and research
administrators to explore what it really means – and what it takes – to work collaboratively in Indigenous research.

With guidance, inspiration and concrete examples provided by some of the leading experts in Canada, we will explore the dynamic intersection of policies, procedures, practices, and philosophies of contemporary Indigenous research ethics.

The event combines formal presentations with interactive opportunities to support information exchanges, networking and resource sharing. It will be of interest and value to those prepared to actively share their experience and expertise as well as to learn from what is shared by others.

Please note that space is limited in this event so early registration is recommended.

The POLIS Project and Centre for Global Studies are pleased to be co-sponsors of the conference with the Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage Project (SFU) and the International Society of Ethnobiology.

Conference home:
https://indigenousresearchethics2015.wordpress.com