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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

Public Lecture—"The Future of Water Law and Governance: An Ecological Perspective"

At this event, Oliver M. Brandes (Co-Director, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance) will speak on the future of water law and governance from an ecological perspective.This event is being presented as part of Alumni Week 2015, a celebration of UVic alumni "thinkers, changers and difference-makers," hosted by the UVic Division of Continuing Studies.
 
DATE: February 5th, 2015
 
TIME: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 
LOCATION: University of Victoria, David Turpin Building, Room A104
 
Advance registration has closed for the event, but tickets are available at the door. There is no cost to attend the event. More information is provided here: https://extrweb.uvic.ca/ContinuingStudiesLecture2015

Webinar—Aboriginal Co-Governance of Water and Watersheds

On December 1st, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project is hosting the second webinar in its 2014/2015 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Aboriginal Co-Governance of Water and Watersheds
DATE: Monday, December 1st, 2014
TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET)

In this webinar, Eli Enns (ICCA Consortium/POLIS Project), Nadia Joe (First Nations Fisheries Council), and Merrell-Ann Phare (Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources) will discuss the critical need for and importance of co-governance of water and watersheds with First Nations. The speakers will describe successful examples, emerging opportunities for change, and what conditions or frameworks must be in place to ensure co-governance arrangements can really thrive.

This discussion will have relevance across Canada, and particularly in B.C. given its new Water Sustainability Actand the opportunities this legislation provides for shared decision-making and delegated authority. Across the country, co-governance with First Nations will be a necessary and valuable foundation for moving towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance that respects our common need for water.

This webinar is the second 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 watershed governance in B.C. This upcoming webinar will explore in more detail the winning condition of aboriginal co-governance.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

Webinar—A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in B.C.

On September 17th, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project hosted the first webinar in its 2014/2015 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series.

WHAT: A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia
DATE: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET)

In this webinar, Oliver M. Brandes (Co-Director, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance) and Jon O’Riordan (Strategic Advisor, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance; Former Deputy Minister, B.C. Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management) explored current water and watershed governance issues in British Columbia. The focus was on some of the “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance in B.C. This discussion on the evolving state of watershed governance is relevant across Canada, but grounded in the context of changes in B.C., including the introduction of B.C.’s new Water Sustainability Act.

The session closed with a broader discussion of the emerging priority issues and potential next steps as jurisdictions across Canada seek to achieve the goal of enhanced watershed management and better governance of their home waters.

Webinar—Resilience Thinking and the Future of Watersheds

On June 26th, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project hosted the final webinar in its 2013/2014 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series.

WHAT: Resilience Thinking and the Future of Watersheds
DATE: Thursday, June 26th, 2014
TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET)

In this webinar, Ryan Plummer (Director, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre; Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Resilience Centre) explored the concept of “resilience thinking,” which involves the ability to deal with change and crises in a watershed context. Using progressive examples from Sweden and Canada, he discussed new tools for dealing with both foreseen (e.g. climate change) and unforeseen (e.g. flooding or drought) crises, and the crucial roles of collaboration and learning in watershed-based decision-making. Following this, Simon Courtenay (Scientific Director, Canadian Water Network) discussed the work of the Canadian Watershed Research Consortium (CWRC) and its focus on supporting regional cumulative effects monitoring and decision-making regarding land-use management, natural resource management, and impact mitigation.

 

Theory of Change: The Anatomy of Strategy, CFGS Global Talk

Where: University of Victoria, Sedgewick Building, Room C168

Cost: Free

Theory of change is fast becoming the phrase du jour of organizations seeking social change, such as foundations, chairities, and social entrepreneurs. But what is theory of change? Is it just another fancy term for strategic planning or is it something different?

Tim Morris (Principal, Morris Consulting) provided an overview of a theory of change process that has been developed for the needs of organizations working on the front lines of water protection, environmental sustainability, and indigenous rights. Through examples and dialogue it revealed how this process is grounded in a very practical approach that seeks to support organizations in uncovering their hidden theories of change. Far from offering a linear path to impact, a good theory of change instils the importance of articulating and challenging assumptions, adapting to changing circumstances, being attentive to indicators of progress, and the necessity of learning from failure.

This event was hosted by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies(CFGS) as part of CFGS' Global Talk series.

 

Lost Rivers: Canada Water Week Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Where: University of Victoria, Hickman Building, Room 105

Join us this Canada Water Week for a film screening and panel discussion exploring the long history and interactions between natural waterways and our urban environments. The film Lost Rivers (CatBird Films) will take us across the globe, retracing the history of lost urban rivers by plunging into archival maps and going underground with clandestine urban explorers. We’ll search for the disappeared Petite Rivière St-Pierre in Montreal, the River Tyburn in London, England, the Saw Mill River in New York, and the Bova-Celato River in Bresica, Italy. Could we see these rivers again? To find the answer, we’ll meet visionary urban thinkers, activists and artists from around the world.

Following the film, we will turn our thinking to local water priorities in the Victoria region—including green infrastructure, stormwater utilities, and collaborative restoration efforts—through a moderated panel discussion with local experts:

  • Scott Murdoch, Registered Landscape Architect, Murdoch de Greeff Inc.
  • Ed Robertson, Assistant Director of Public Works, City of Victoria
  • Nikki Curnow, Coordinator, Bowker Creek Initiative
  • Kirk Stinchcombe, Sustainability Specialist, Econics & Stratetic Advisor, POLIS Water Sustainability Project (moderator)

This event is being hosted by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, the Capital Regional District, and the University of Victoria Department of Geography.

For more information please contact Laura Brandes at communications@polisproject.org or 250-721-8189. To download the event poster, click here.

Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in BC and Beyond, Three-Day Forum

From January 27th to 29th, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project co-hosted the three-day forum Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in British Columbia and Beyond.

WHAT: Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in British Columbia and Beyond
DATE(S): January 27th to 29th, 2014
LOCATION: Cowichan Tribes territory in Duncan, BC

The forum attracted nearly 200 delegates, plus an additional over 75 virutal participants via online satellite events across the country. The delegates came from a diversity of backgroundsincluding watershed groups, researchers, professional resource managers, and decision-makers at all levels of government, including First Nationsand came together to re-envision the way we use, share and respect our freshwater and watershed resources.

For forum proceedings, consensus, participant feedback and PDFs of select presentations, read the Watersheds 2014 webpage

Webinar—Freshwater Priorities: Where We Are & Where We're Heading

On January 22nd, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project hosted the first webinar in its 2013/2014 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series.

WHAT: Freshwater Priorities: Where We Are & Where We're Heading
DATE: Wednesday January 22, 2014
TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET)

This webinar draws on guest speaker David Rapport's (Principal, EcoHealth Consulting) extensive work on ecosystem health to explore innovative solutions for healthy ecosystems and healthy people. Bringing a global perspective to current freshwater issues and priorities, David discusses the global water crisis and where we are, where we’re heading, and what me might do, at all levels, to address critically important water issues. This webinar also served as a virtual lead-in to the watershed governance forum, Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in B.C. and Beyond, held in Duncan, B.C. in January 2014.

Webinar—A Modernized Water Act & B.C.’s Expanding Natural Gas Sector

This is the second webinar in the POLIS Water Sustainability Project's 2013/2014 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series.

Webinar Summary

In this webinar, resource policy analyst Ben Parfitt explored some of the complex issues surrounding projected increases in industrial water use in northeast B.C. and how the management and oversight of water use may be impacted by proposed changes to provincial water legislation. He demonstrated projected water use increases for the province under an unfolding natural gas sector, and the major implications for how water use is tracked, and how pre-development planning may need to change in order to ensure watershed integrity. James Tate, a lawyer specializing in Aboriginal law, then discussed some of his work with Fort Nelson First Nation and the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations District Water Manager related to the authorization of long-term water licences for fracking purposes in the Fort Nelson territory.

Guest Speakers

Ben Parfitt, Resource Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) & Research Associate, POLIS Water Sustainability Project
James Tate, Partner, Ratcliff & Company Lawyers

Upcoming Webinars

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming webinars in the POLIS Water Sustainability Project's Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series! For more information, contact Laura Brandes at communications@polisproject.org.

View archived webinars from past seasons.