The Right to Clean Water in First Nations: The Photovoice Project (2nd Edition)

April 2, 2024

Colin Bonnycastle

Aerial Image of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation showing waterways and land.

The right to water and sanitation remains a key focus and modern day human rights issue in Canada. Indigenous communities in Canada are overrepresented with respect to poor water quality and water advisories. Protecting Indigenous rights to water and sanitation is best done by community grassroots approach.

This Photovoice project stems from a 2011 SSHRC Partnership Development Grant led by Prof. Karen Busby (Principal Investigator) and Colin Bonnycastle (Co-Investigator). Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the students and staff at Atoskiwin Training & Employment Centre of Excellence Centre (ATEC) created a Photovoice Project to bring awareness to the impacts of unsafe drinking water and sanitation practices in Indigenous communities.

The research remains crucial today as communities continue to advocate for access to clean drinking water.

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