The five Nicola First Nations and the Province of BC are working together towards sustainable governance for water. These partners have committed to a process that engages watershed partners and uses collaboration, innovation and creativity for the benefit of future generations.
This collaborative project aims to address priority water issues in a way that acknowledges the partners' distinct legal traditions and governance systems. Key outcomes will be determined jointly related to: addressing environmental, economic, and social risks; building relationships, capacity and knowledge; and creating whole-of-watershed approaches to water management.
Memorandum of Understanding: PDF Document
This innovative project is supported through a funding partnership between the BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative and the Province of British Columbia.
Co-chaired by Cowichan Tribes and the Cowichan Valley Regional District, the Cowichan Watershed Board is building local water governance capacity and advocating for the health of the watershed.
The board provides leadership for sustainable water management to protect and enhance environmental quality and the quality of life in the Cowichan watershed.
Building on its success to-date, the CWB is in the process of strengthening its internal governance as it seeks to deepen its impact and role in decision-making.
Nadleh Whut'en, Saik'uz, and Stellat'en First Nations are leaders in Indigenous-led watershed governance. These three Carrier Sekani First Nations have developed a water management regime for the surface waters in their territories, including the Yinka Dene 'Uza'hné Surface Water Management Policy and Yinka Dene 'Uza'hné Guide to Surface Water Quality Standards.
These policies are based on Yinka Dene laws and are designed to fulfill inherent obligations to look after water and respond to ongoing impacts. Through a collaborative partnerships with the Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance, these three First Nations are working to implement these policies in a robust an sustainable way.
Water Policy: Yinka Dene ‘Uza’hné Surface Water Management Policy
WATER MANAGEMENT POLICY
Gitanyow is developing a water management policy to protect the Nation's interests in waters throughout their territory and to ensure the health of aquatic ecosystems that the support the exercise of Gitanyow rights.
Building on the success of the Gitanyow Lax'yip Land Use Plan, this work aims to address priority issues including the maintenance of water quality and sufficient flows to support healthy fish populations.
The Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable aims to improve collaboration and problem-solving amongst First Nations and stakeholders in this heavily urbanized watershed.
The roundtable is working to enhance its public presence and influence with local government and provincial decision-makers.
At the same time, the CRWR is collaborating with partners to identify and implement sustainable funding mechanisms to support its work.