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Capacity Builders


The Sustainable Funding for Watershed Governance Initiative (SFWGI) aims to identify and accelerate the adoption of new funding mechanisms to support sustainable watershed governance. 

The SFWGI improves knowledge about funding mechanisms, tests funding models on a pilot basis in specific watersheds and transfers knowledge about existing and prospective funding models. To date, the Initiative has undertaken pilots in support of the Cowichan Watershed Board and the Nechako Watershed Roundtable.


SWFGI is supported through a funding partnership between BC Water Legacy and the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Environment.

Sustainble Funding


The POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the University of Victoria develops cutting-edge research to improve freshwater decision-making and management. 

POLIS shares solutions with those working on the ground (and in the water), including communities, experts, governments at all levels (local, Indigenous, provincial, federa), and non-governmental and Indigenous organizations. By combining practical research with community action, POLIS works to increase understanding of freshwater issues and to drive law, policy and governance reform for a sustainable water future. 


Oliver Brandes, Co-Director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and Lead of the Water Sustainability Project, is a key advisor to the BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative.

POLIS Water Sustainability Project
First Nations Fisheries Council


The First Nations Fisheries Council of BC's "Water for Fish" program supports First Nations engagement in water governance processes in BC. 

The program aims to identify and advance common interests in freshwater policy, governance and management at the provincial and federal level. It also provides support for First Nations as they pursue effective freshwater management practices throughout their territories.


The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) is a national First Nation-directed environmental non-profit. CIER's mission is to work in partnership with Indigenous Nations to support and build sustainable Indigenous communities and a healthy environment. 

CIER provides technical, non-political research and education to assist Indigenous peoples in building their capacity to solve environmental problems affecting their lands, waters and resources.


Since its inception in 1994, CIER has worked on over 450 environment-focused projects with over 300 First Nations across Canada.

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