Photo courtesy of Joe Bryksa, Winnipeg Free Press

Researchers from the University of Manitoba have worked with the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba and other partners on research projects related to drinking water and sanitation as a human right.


Colonialism and drinking water (history)

Advocating for Clean Water in First Nations (social science)

H2O program for water and sanitation security in First Nations  (science and engineering)

Sapotaweyak Cree Nation youth water project (health)

Research results

Update for Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (2016)

Health and social context:

Legal strategies: (video)



2018 H2O water research conference (summary)

Clean water litigation workshop (2015)

Anishinaabe water gatherings (2013-2017)

Seminar series on First Nations and the Right to Water

Research planning symposium (2012)

Media coverage:

This First Nation produces clean water. So why are so many residents afraid to drink it? (2019)

Shoal Lake 40 paying for our water for a century (2016)

Water alarmingly tainted even on reserves with good treatment plants (2016)

Water distribution systems failing (2016)

Antibiotic resistant bacteria found in Manitoba First Nations water (2016)

New research supports urgent need for Aboriginal drinking water progress (2015)

New water rights report taps Elder testimony (CBC, 2014)

Quenching a thirst, UM Today (2013)

Radio interview with Centre for Human Rights manager Helen Fallding. (2012)

See the Cherishing Water FB-f-Logo _blue_15acebook page.


Indigenous research methods and ethics