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    An important critique of colonial water policy in Canada
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    Decolonizing Canadian Water Policy : Lessons From Indigenous Case Studies

    Meaningful lessons about decolonizing water infrastructure (social, economic and political) can be learned if we scrutinize existing governance principles such as the ones provided by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Principles on Water Governance (OECD, 2021). Instead of using only Western frameworks to think about policy within Indigenous spheres of water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH), the Government of Canada can look to Indigenous ways of knowing to compliment their understanding of how to govern areas of WaSH efficiently. In this paper, the term Indigenous encompasses First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations (Hanrahan & Hudson, 2014; Blaser, 2012). I present this paper as a step out of many toward decolonizing water governance in Canada. I hope to have shown in this paper that it is necessary to make space for other voices in water governance. By highlighting the dangers in the Case Studies, three lessons are apparent in this paper: 1. There needs to be an addition of Indigenous Two-Eyed Seeing in water governance; 2. Canada must strengthen its nation-to-nation praxis with Indigenous communities; and 3. There needs to be a creation of space in WaSH that fosters Indigenous voices. This is necessary such that there can be equal participation in policy conversations to mitigate existing problems and explore new possibilities.

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      Environmental ethics,Environmental management, Policy & Planning,Geography,Applied ethics
      Decolonization, Water, Policy, Indigenous, Ethics,Environmental justice and inequality/inequity,Environmental policy and practice,Water resources

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      This article has improved immensely since version 1. The author has clearly taken on board the critiques from the reviewers, and provided a much more cohesive and evidence-rich paper. The connection between the case studies and the critique of the OECD principles is much clearer, and the author has engaged more closely with the relevant literature. 

      One minor suggestion would be to move some of the text in the endnotes into the body of the paper where possible, as these now contain quite a lot of information and nuance. 

      I look forward to citing this paper in future work.


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