Square peg, round hole: Ontario First Nations technical staff perspectives on federal drinking water infrastructure policies, programs and processes

dc.contributor.advisorFarahbakhsh, Khosrow
dc.contributor.authorMcCullough, Jason
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-13T13:11:08Z
dc.date.available2011-05-13T13:11:08Z
dc.date.copyright2011-04
dc.date.created2011-04-19
dc.date.issued2011-05-13
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Engineeringen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Applied Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmeEngineeringen_US
dc.descriptionA qualitative research investigation within the engineering field, involving decolonizing methodologies and an engineering problem-solving approach to tool development.en_US
dc.description.abstractThere is little understanding of federal policies, programs and processes (PPP) that structure and influence water infrastructure construction and water service delivery in First Nations communities in Canada. That First Nations face drinking water challenges is not new; however there is an acute cause for concern as recent federal funding initiatives have made limited gains. This thesis investigates the apparent disconnect between high-level PPP and ground-level outcomes through the perspectives of Ontario First Nations technical staff. Pioneering a unique approach to policy research, the thesis bridges elements of engineering, qualitative research and decolonizing methodologies to identify challenges and provide solutions. Specifically, participant interviews indicate incompatibilities between the PPP paradigm and the First Nations technical paradigm; a lack of accommodation for First Nations diversity; and a large separation between technical symptoms and their root causes. Three graphical tools, developed from the success factors and ideal vision findings, structure proposed PPP renewal.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
dc.description.sponsorshipCanadian Water Network
dc.description.sponsorshipEngineers Canada
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/2680
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectdrinking wateren_US
dc.subjectpolicyen_US
dc.subjectFirst Nationsen_US
dc.subjectINACen_US
dc.titleSquare peg, round hole: Ontario First Nations technical staff perspectives on federal drinking water infrastructure policies, programs and processesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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