Watersheds 2020: Stepping Stones to Collaborative Watershed Governance

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October 15 - 16, 2020

Virtual edition

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! 

Join us for this virtual Watersheds 2020 forum on October 15th & 16th. Many of you have been part of the Watersheds forums—an almost decade-long tradition of engaging with innovative ideas and bold thinking, building connections and networks in our freshwater community, and finding sustainable solutions to pressing problems.

WHAT: Watersheds 2020 ‘Stepping Stones to Watershed Governance’
DATE: October 15-16, 2020
COST: Free

This year we are adapting to the new realities of 2020 and offering Watersheds 2020 as a broadly accessible virtual event—and we have created a very special program for you!

This forum will feature:

  • Day 1 – October 15th: A plenary session including a keynote address from John Borrows (UVic, Faculty of Law) and a panel discussion with updates from initiatives working ‘on the ground and in the water’
  • Day 2 – October 16th: Multiple sessions for a deeper dive on a selection of themes and emerging issues

You will have interactive opportunities throughout the two-day forum to engage and learn from water leaders and champions across B.C. and beyond, share and ask questions, and explore new ideas.

 

***SPACE IS LIMITED***

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WHAT IS WATERSHEDS 2020?

Join us October 15-16, 2020 for a virtual forum that brings together a diverse community of water leaders in B.C.—including Indigenous Nations, watershed groups, local and provincial governments, funders, resource managers, scholars and researchers, and a network of practitioners and champions—to build and deepen connections, learn from one another, and explore opportunities for improved watershed decision-making and longer-term watershed security.

WHY WATERSHED GOVERNANCE? WHY NOW?

From record-breaking droughts and floods to conflicts over use and rights, British Columbia’s fresh water is facing increasing threats. Addressing current and looming freshwater challenges as well as changing realities requires new partnerships and innovative forms of collaborative governance to respond to the many social and ecological needs of our watersheds.

THE AGENDA

Day 1 Forum Date and Time

October 15, 2020
9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PT

October 15th Program

We are honored and grateful that Day 1 will include Opening and Closing Ceremony offered by Coast Salish Elder Florence James (Penelakut Island, BC) and Anishinaabe/Métis scholar Dr. Vicki Kelly (Simon Fraser University), who is participating from the traditional territory of the Sagamok Anishnawbek, the Serpent River First Nation and the Mississauga First Nation, Ontario.

Day 1 includes two main sessions:

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – “INDIGENOUS LAW, RECONCILIATION AND GOVERNANCE – INSIGHTS AND PERSPECTIVE FOR THE FUTURE” 

Details: This inspiring keynote session will feature Dr. John Borrows (Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law) and weave together thoughts and reflections on the themes of reconciliation, Indigenous law, and governance with contributions from leading thinkers and practitioners in this space. Dr. Borrows will open the session, sharing insights and teachings from his recent work on Indigenous law and ethics. Discussants Lydia Hwitsum (First Nations Summit) and Oliver M. Brandes (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance) will ground this conversation within the context of watershed governance, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Water Sustainability Act, exploring ways in which decision making, laws, and relationships can—and must—evolve to advance reconciliation and watershed security. Dr. Vicki Kelly will act as witness and speak to what has been shared. Zita Botelho (Watersheds BC) will be moderating the session.

SESSION 2: “STEPPING STONES TO WATERSHED GOVERNANCE – INITIATIVES ‘ON THE GROUND AND IN THE WATER'” 

Details: Innovative approaches to watershed governance are emerging and developing in watersheds across BC. Although no one-size-fits-all approach to improved watershed decision-making and collaboration exists since each place faces different impacts, histories, relationships, risks and needs, the range of initiatives underway offer important cross-cutting learnings, insights, and milestones. Building on the “Stepping Stones to Watershed Governance” framework—an approach that illustrates the milestones that must be in place to shift to more sustainable and equitable decision-making.

This panel will offer insights from champions involved in innovation around the following initiatives and it will be moderated by Rosie Simms (POLIS Water Sustainability Project, Uvic) & Susi Porter-Bopp (First Nations Fisheries Council of BC):

 

Day 2 Forum Date and Time
October 16, 2020

October 16th program

The second day of Watersheds 2020 will offer multiple concurrent sessions for a deeper dive on a selection of themes and emerging issues.

Morning Sessions – Concurrent Session Options

  • Leveraging Technological Innovations for Watershed Health (Option A ~ 9:00am-10:30am): Jennifer Archer (BC Water Funders Collaborative), Kariann Aarup (Aqua Forum), Santiago Botero (Living Lakes Canada), Ben Kerr (Foundry Spatial) & Catriona Power (Foresight Cleantech Accelerator)
  • Indigenous Guardians Programs: Promise and Potential for Watershed Health (Option B ~ 9:00am-10:30am): Deborah Curran (Faculty of Law, University of Victoria), Lana Lowe (Fort Nelson First Nation) & Calvin Sandborn (Faculty of Law, University of Victoria)
  • Navigating the Currents: Storytelling that Leads to Action (Option C ~ 9:15am-10:45am): Danielle Paydli & Coree Tull (Canadian Freshwater Alliance)

Afternoon Sessions – Concurrent Session Options

  • Sustainable Funding for Watershed Security (Option A ~ 1:00pm-2:30pm): Zita Botelho (Watersheds BC), Tim Morris (BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative), Brian Carruthers (Cowichan Valley Regional District) & Paris Marshall Smith (Regional District of Central Kootenay)
  • Watershed Governance in a Complex Geography: Lessons and Updates from the Lower Fraser Working Group (Option B ~ 1:00pm-2:30pm): Kristen Walters & Ross Dixon (Raincoast Conservation Foundation), Ian Hamilton (Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance), Rayanna Seymour-Hourie & Deborah Carlson, (West Coast Environmental Law)

 

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