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      Decolonizing Canadian Water Policy : Lessons From Indigenous Case Studies

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            Abstract

            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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            UCL Open: Environment Preprint
            UCL Press
            3 March 2022
            Affiliations
            [1 ] Department of Philosophy, McMaster University
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            10.14324/111.444/000127.v1
            ae0243bb-bf4f-4950-a274-8c102d2eb3a8

            This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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

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            Date: 07 June 2022

            Handling Editor: Professor Sarah Bell

            Editorial decision: Request revision. The Handling Editor requested revisions; the article has been returned to the authors to make this revision.

            2022-06-07 14:44 UTC
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            Date: 4 March 2022

            Handling Editor: Professor Sarah Bell

            This article is a preprint article and has not been peer-reviewed. It is under consideration following submission to UCL Open: Environment for open peer review.

            2022-04-05 15:51 UTC
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