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Small & Indigenous Communities

Improving the economic and social conditions of Canada’s Indigenous and small communities has been and continues to be a major challenge. But it is an area where addressing difficult water management needs can have a very significant community-wide impact. For decades, there have been attempts to apply conventional water solutions (technical, financial, governance) to small and Indigenous communities that were developed for larger centres in different cultural and geographic settings, with very limited success. CWN’s research in this area has supported the development of solutions that focus on ensuring an improved “fit” with community needs, cultures and the realities of local priorities, and doing so in a way that respects and leverages the significant contribution of traditional knowledge for innovation.

CWN Small & Indigenous Communities Projects

Creating Opportunities for Knowledge Mobilization and Coherence among Indigenous Communities and Researchers

Lead Researcher - Khosrow Farahbakhsh, Associate Professor, University of Guelph

Sustainable Wastewater Treatment Systems through a Bottom-up Participatory Technology Development Process - A Case Study in Northern First Nations Communities in Ontario

Lead Researcher - Khosrow Farahbakhsh, Associate Professor, University of Guelph

Examining Methods and Models for Integrative Indigenous and Western Knowledge to Inform Water Management and Research in Canada

Lead Researcher - Heather Castleden, Associate Professor, Queen’s University

Adopting drinking water safety plans in Canada’s small - and medium-sized communities – Assessment of adoption of DWSPs in Alberta

Lead Researcher - Graham Gagnon, Professor, Dalhousie University