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Checkup Earth: Global Symptoms, Local Responses (3)

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From global networks and large-scale projects to local, collective actions in communities, what creates a better world? As human development progresses, we must assess our practices and technologies — our holistic impact on the world around us. Examine global profiles of low-carbon, green, just economies, and integrate these lessons into your own communities.

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Checkup Earth: Global Symptoms, Local Responses (3)

  1. 1. WHY WATER MATTERS LESS THAN 1 PERCENT OF WORLDS WATER IS DRINKABLE….ITS A SOURCE OF LIFE NOT A RESOURCE
  2. 2. CHIEF HARVEY LONGBOAT PROVIDED THE INSPIRATION & GUIDING PRINCIPLE FOR GWF • WE HAVE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM THE PAST, REORIENT OUR RELATIONS, AND BUILD A RELATIONSHIP BASED ON MUTUAL RESPECT AND PARTNERSHIP IN THE SHARING OF RESPONSIBILITY IN THIS LAND AND NATURAL WORLD.. ACCOUNTABILITY SHOULD MEAN THAT WE UPHOLD OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND STRIVE TO ACHIEVE BALANCE • (IN EDITOR BLASER & FIET, ‘IN THE WAY OF DEVELOPMENT’ ET AL. 2004).
  3. 3. SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS THROUGH IK NATIONAL ATTENTION TO WATER SECURITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES HIGHLIGHTS DIVERSE CHALLENGES IDENTIFIED BY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN OBTAINING POTABLE WATER THE ANALYSIS SHOWS THAT UP TO 72,000 PEOPLE COULD HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY DRINKING WATER ADVISORIES (DWAS) IN FIRST NATIONS AT THE START OF 2017. IN 2016 ALONE, 133 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES IN 90 INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES WERE ISSUED THAT AFFECTED OVER 50,000 PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. 2018 HAS SIMILAR STATS WITH LITTLE CHANGES TO CURRENT ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER
  4. 4. • Bilateral training and education of TEK and WS is a core element of study • The primary concerns for the two communities are: I. The quality of their drinking water II. The ecological integrity of their source III.Governance of these waters. IV.Monitoring sensors co-creation V. Impact on health & wellbeing GWF LED BY Indigenous Knowledge and Community PRIMARY Lead: Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill Community
  5. 5. YOUTH BUILDING CAPACITY CRITICAL IN ANY SOLUTIONS OFFERED TO ADDRESS WATER CRISIS 1) SENSOR TOOLS CO-CREATION 2)APPS REAL TIME SENSOR WATER MONITORING, IN TWO LANGUAGES 3) TRAINING YOUTH IN WATER RESEARCH, TEK, BIOLOGY/SENSOR MONITORING
  6. 6. ECOSYSTEM HEALTH THE AIM IS TO INVESTIGATE THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON HYDROLOGIC PROCESSES, AND EXPLORING THE AFFECTS ON THE WATER AND ECOSYSTEMS OF THESE COMMUNITIES. Why do FN not have clean water? ‘Reserves’ under Indian Act are federal domain and there assimilation policy believed they would not return to communities after residential schools and did not build infrastructure. FN cannot “borrow funds/ capital” as no equity of crown “reserve” lands. NO REGULATION FOR ON RESERVE WATER; NO FUNDING FOR TREATMENT OF WATER NO PROTEECTIONS FOR SOURCE WATER
  7. 7. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT I BROUGHT JOHN WILLIAMS EX-PROF-FOOTBALL PLAYER FROM TICATS TO RUN A YOUTH SPORTS CAMP, WE DELIVERED WATER, TICATS JERSEY’S AND PRODUCTS THE MUSLIM WOMEN FROM TOR0NTO ORGANIZED FOR LUBICON GIRLS. WE NEED TO REACH PEOPLE THROUGH WORKING WITH PEOPLE - NOT POLICY Little Buffalo School, Makasa Looking Horse with Makasa Ominayak & friends
  8. 8. SOLUTIONS • THE MOST INSISTENT THEME WE HEARD FROM FIRST NATIONS WAS THAT THE CORE PROBLEM WAS INADEQUACY OF RESOURCES: MAINLY IN TERMS OF FUNDING TO RUN WATER AND SEWAGE SYSTEMS, AND IN MANY PLACES IN TERMS OF LONG WAITING LISTS FOR CAPITAL FUNDING. • TO A LESSER DEGREE, A SHORTAGE OF TRAINED PEOPLE TO RUN SYSTEMS WAS A CONCERN, AS WAS THE NEED FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WATER SYSTEM GOVERNANCE AT THE CHIEF AND COUNCIL
  9. 9. THE SCOPE OF DWA’S
  10. 10. YOUTH CAPACITY – ANY WORK WITH FN MUST INCLUDE TRAINING AND ENGAGING YOUTH IN MIXED METHODS. THE GOAL IS TO CREATE SELF-SUFFICIENCY IN WATER RESEARCH. EACH LEAD WILL TRAIN YOUTH AND THEY WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE
  11. 11. WHAT YOU CAN DO • 1) TRAINING MUST INCLUDE CULTURE - TEK – BUT LANGUAGE SCHOOLS HAVE LITTLE FUNDING AND CREATE THEIR OWN ‘TEXTS’ NONE EXIST IN SCIENCE. • SUPPORT CREATION OF LANGUAGE APPS/RESOURCES USING MIXED METHODS TO ENCOURAGE TRAINING OF FN • DEVELOPING ‘DOCTORS WITH OUT BORDERS’ TO SERVICES ISOLATED FN COMMUNITIES SUFFERING FROM ILLNESS RELATED TO NO ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER • DEVELOP WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS IN COMMUNITIES WITH COMMUNITY TO ACCESS POTABLE WATERS – WELLS, MONITORING SOURCE WATER AND GREEN TECHNOLOGY FOR SMALLER COMMUNITIES • PARTNER WITH FN WATER RESEARCHERS TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS NOT FUNDED BY RESEARCH OR GOVERNMENT DUE TO STRICT REGULATIONS

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