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

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dc.contributor.advisor Farahbakhsh, Khosrow
dc.contributor.author McCullough, Jason
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-13T13:11:08Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-13T13:11:08Z
dc.date.copyright 2011-04
dc.date.created 2011-04-19
dc.date.issued 2011-05-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/2680
dc.description A qualitative research investigation within the engineering field, involving decolonizing methodologies and an engineering problem-solving approach to tool development. en_US
dc.description.abstract There 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.sponsorship NSERC; Canadian Water Network; Engineers Canada en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject drinking water en_US
dc.subject policy en_US
dc.subject First Nations en_US
dc.subject INAC en_US
dc.title Square peg, round hole: Ontario First Nations technical staff perspectives on federal drinking water infrastructure policies, programs and processes en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Engineering en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Applied Science en_US
dc.degree.department School of Engineering en_US
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