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Framework and Methodology for Improved Indigenous-Led Decision-Making on Water and Wastewater Design and Management

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dc.contributor.advisor McBean, Edward A.
dc.contributor.author Black, Kerry E.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-18T15:35:40Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-18T15:35:40Z
dc.date.copyright 2017
dc.date.created 2017-06-14
dc.date.issued 2017-07-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/11381
dc.description.abstract The full participation of Indigenous Peoples within water and wastewater policy and decision-making is hindered by many factors, including inadequate resources, funding, and, overall, a lack of respect or formal recognition of Indigenous rights. Despite significant investments and advancement in technologies to treat water and wastewater, Indigenous communities across Canada continue to face persistent boil-water advisories and inadequate drinking water quality and wastewater treatment. Holistic approaches that address the technical elements, in addition to the social, economic, and demographic elements are needed in order to address the complex issues surrounding the delivery of safe drinking water and adequate wastewater treatment within communities. Greater emphasis on the importance of Indigenous-led management of water and wastewater is needed to increase control and decision-making power around water and wastewater management. This thesis investigates tools and methodologies for enhanced Indigenous-led control and decision-making on water and wastewater management. The research comprises six related subjects: (1) a framework for enhanced Indigenous participation in water and wastewater presented as a tool which can improve Indigenous health and wellbeing; (2) investigation into options to improve engagement with Indigenous peoples on water and wastewater; (3) Indigenous-driven operator training and certification regimes; (4) a decolonized framework to facilitate community water sustainability and security; (5) proposed elements of a National Indigenous water strategy; and, (6) real-time monitoring technology as a tool to improve drinking water as supplied. Through these subjects, Indigenous-centered, collaborative and participatory methodologies and tools for water and wastewater treatment, design and management are presented. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject Drinking Water en_US
dc.subject Water and Wastewater Management en_US
dc.subject Indigenous Research en_US
dc.title Framework and Methodology for Improved Indigenous-Led Decision-Making on Water and Wastewater Design and Management en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Engineering en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.department School of Engineering en_US
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