a new water quality assessment methodology with Dokis First Nation, incorporating Indigenous knowledge and improving our understanding of our relationships with water.
Drinking water insecurity and inadequate access to clean water are common occurrences facing many First Nation communities in Canada. It is a situation made worse when government assessments of water systems are limited and contradictory. Nipissing University’s Dan Walters, Carly Dokis and Benjamin Kelly, along with Dokis First Nation have discovered it’s not unusual for a water system to receive a high-risk score, while the water itself is safe to drink.
By highlighting the contradictions, the researchers hope to foster change. At the same time, they are striving to go beyond technical assessments of water to understand the emotional, spiritual and social connections of First Nation communities to this essential resource.