Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Water is essential to human life. SDG 6 targets sustainable, universal, and equitable access to clean drinking water and sanitation. Researchers from EUC are investigating issues in clean water supply, boil water advisories, and learning with Indigenous leaders in water governance.
Zaagtoonaa Nibi - We Love the Water
Deborah McGregor is at the forefront of Indigenous environmental justice research in diverse contexts, including water justice and governance. Her most recent publication, “Zaagtoonaa Nibi (We Love the Water): Anishinaabe community-led research on water governance and protection”, supports Indigenous water governance, leadership and security. Understanding our relationships with, and responsibilities to water are integral for more sustainable and just water-systems.
Water crisis in Neskantaga First Nation and Ontario's Ring of Fire
York Research Chair in Environmental Law & Justice, Dayna Scott, examines the public health crises associated with water contamination in First Nations communities. Crises have plagued the Neskantaga First Nation in Ontario, which has experienced a 26-year boil water advisory, and several evacuations. EUC researchers in socio-legal studies and critical geography have been working in partnership with Neskantaga leadership in support of their inherent jurisdiction to govern their homelands in accordance with Indigenous legal order.
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