Two years after the United Nations recognized clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right, Manitoba researchers led public discussions on the most effective ways to make that a reality for First Nations.


March 25, 2013: Brenda Elias (Community Health Sciences), “Navigating Drinking Water Rights and Health: The Art of Locating the Navigator’s Position,” followed by a discussion.  (written summary)

March 11, 2013: Rob Penner (University College of the North), Annemieke Farenhorst (UM agriculture, NSERC Chair), and Pepper-Mackenna Pritty (UM nursing student), “Engaging the Youth and Leaders of Tomorrow in Water Rights Issues: What Works?” (summary)

March 4, 2013: Diane Dupont (Brock University, economics) and Melanie O’Gorman (UW, economics) on the economics of water and sanitation infrastructure provision. (summary)

February 4, 2013: Charles Wong (Environmental Studies and Chemistry, U of W), “Persistant organic pollutants in the Arctic: Occurrence, fate, and effects,” and Feiye Wang (Chemistry, U of M), “Mercury contamination in the Canadian Arctic under a changing climate: Will science and law bring order?” (summary)

January 28, 2013: Aimée Craft (Public Interest Law Centre; Sessional lecturer at Robson Hall), “Indigenous Water Law,” followed by a discussion.  (summary)

January 21, 2013: Danielle Gaucher (University of Winnipeg, Psychology), “Understanding Barriers to Social Change,” followed by a discussion. (summary)

January 7, 2013: Elder Billie Schibler (Kookum Kaa Na Da Maa Waad Abinoojiiak), “Perspectives of Grandmothers/Wisdom Keepers,” and Sheryl Peters (Prairie Women’s Centre for Health Excellence), “Indigenous Research Methodologies”, followed by a discussion led by Laura Funk (Sociology). (summary)

November 20, 2012: Pete Sarsfield, “Public health and infrastructure: What do we need?” (summary)

November 6, 2012: Linda Larcombe and Pamela Orr (Medicine), “Water and Health,” followed. (summary)

October 22, 2012: Jacinta Ruru (Otago University, New Zealand), The Constitutional Indigenous Jurisprudence in Aotearoa New Zealand (video)

October 22, 2012: Ian Skelton (City Planning), “Indigenous Design and Planning.” (summary)

October 1, 2012: Melissa Hotain (Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs) and Karen Busby (Robson Hall, Centre for Human Rights Research), “What to do about the federal Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act.” (summary)

September 17, 2012: Elder Dave Courchene (Sagkeeng First Nation), “The Spiritual Dimensions of Water.” (summary)

September 10, 2012: Helen Fallding (Centre for Human Rights Research), “No Running Water” video. (summary)