Critical conversations on First Nations and right to water

January 3rd, 2013 · No Comments · Aboriginal, Advisory, Indigenous, Outreach, environment

Join university researchers and Indigenous partners on Jan. 7 for in-depth discussions on what it will take to make the human right to clean drinking water and effective sanitation a reality in First Nations communities.


On Jan. 7, Elder Billie Schibler opens the second term of the seminar series Critical Conversations. University of Manitoba sociologist Dr. Laura Funk and Sheryl Peters of the Prairie Women’s Centre for Health Excellence will discuss how to do research in a way that is rooted in Indigenous traditions and motivated by social justice.

Critical Conversations is a seminar series that will run until March and it is free and open to the public. Readings, seminar summaries and podcasts are posted online at

Most seminars are held on Monday from 2:30-4 p.m. in Room 206 of Robson Hall (224 Dysart Rd.), on the Fort Garry campus. Sign up for email reminders and updates at

Other upcoming public seminars include:

Jan. 21: University of Winnipeg’s Dr. Danielle Gaucher (psychology) on how to gain public support for First Nations’ water and sanitation.

Jan. 28: Aimee Craft (sessional lecturer, law) on how rights are balanced with obligations and responsibilities in Indigenous water laws.

Feb. 4: Dr. Feiyue Wang (University of Manitoba) and Dr. Charles Wong (University of Winnipeg) discuss trace metal contaminants and toxic organic chemicals in the North.

March 11: Soil scientist Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst and Rob Penner from University College of the North talk about how to engage the young leaders of tomorrow in water rights issues.

The seminar series is organized by the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Human Rights Research, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, with support from the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering in the Prairie region.

For more information, contact Prof. Karen Busby, 204-474-6155, (

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