Protecting Water Our Way: First Nations Freshwater Governance in British Columbia


Today, more than ever before, First Nations have a distinct opportunity to change the course of freshwater management in B.C. For the first time in the history of Canada, both the federal and B.C. provincial governments have expressed a willingness to move toward broad reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and in B.C. the Water Sustainability Act offers a rare opportunity to create new water laws.

This report is for First Nations leadership as well as lands, natural resources, and fisheries staff who are interested in learning more about First Nations-led initiatives to protect fresh water in B.C. By sharing stories from communities across the province, it celebrates successes and also offers viable examples for other communities to consider as they contemplate following a similar path and approach.