24 May 2018 - 9:00am to 27 May 2018 - 5:00pm

Parc provincial Whiteshell, Manitoba

Sustainable water governance is critical for Indigenous communities grappling with access to safe water, and with associated health and livelihood issues, against the backdrop of climate change and resource extraction in northern Canada.

2017 Foundation fellow Karen Bakker will hold a learning-from-the-land Water Bush Camp from 24 to 27 May 2018 in Whiteshell Provincial Park as part of her Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation project, Unceded waters: Indigenous water governance in Canada. The project will explore how Anishnaabe water law and relations with water are expressed through songs and stories.

To connect with land as well as with community, the camp will assemble 150 academics, policymakers, activists, lawyers, Indigenous community members, and artists in a traditional open-air Anishnaabe lodge. The goal is to form a collective of authors who will work on a multimedia trade book and online portal, tentatively titled Unceded Waters, that will include photos, graphics, storytelling, poetry, and prose pieces to narrate Indigenous water issues for the general public. A number of Foundation community scholars, fellows, and mentors will contribute to this project.

Karen Bakker is a 2017 Foundation fellow and a professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, where she is the founding director and current co-director of the Program on Water Governance.

Karen Bakker

Professor Karen Bakker and a Community-Based Research collective of Indigenous knowledge keepers, community partners, scholars and artists are collaborating on applied research on sustainable water governance and Indigenous law.

2017 Fellows