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Drinking Water Consumption Patterns: An Exploration of Risk Perception and Governance in Two First Nations Communities

Resources Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3, Canada
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Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 6851; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176851
Received: 28 May 2020 / Revised: 20 August 2020 / Accepted: 21 August 2020 / Published: 24 August 2020
Many Indigenous communities across Canada suffer from the lack of access to clean drinking water; ensuring individuals and communities have safe water to drink either from their home or from their local environment requires the consideration of multiple factors including individual risk perception. In collaboration with local leaders, semi-structured interviews (n = 99) were conducted over a two-year period in the Dene Tha’ First Nation and Kátł’odeeche First Nation to unpack the issue of risk perception and its meaning to local community members. These local metrics of risk perception including smell, taste, safety, health fears and level of concern were then used to explore patterns in other data on drinking water consumption patterns and bottled water use. The results are consistent with previous research related to water insecurity and indicate that both communities consume more bottled water than the average Canadian. Results also varied by jurisdiction; those in Alberta indicated much higher levels of concern and a greater degree of bottled water consumption. View Full-Text
Keywords: indigenous; water security; drinking water; bottled water indigenous; water security; drinking water; bottled water
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Spicer, N.; Parlee, B.; Chisaakay, M.; Lamalice, D. Drinking Water Consumption Patterns: An Exploration of Risk Perception and Governance in Two First Nations Communities. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6851. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176851

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Spicer N, Parlee B, Chisaakay M, Lamalice D. Drinking Water Consumption Patterns: An Exploration of Risk Perception and Governance in Two First Nations Communities. Sustainability. 2020; 12(17):6851. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176851

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Spicer, Neal, Brenda Parlee, Molly Chisaakay, and Doug Lamalice. 2020. "Drinking Water Consumption Patterns: An Exploration of Risk Perception and Governance in Two First Nations Communities" Sustainability 12, no. 17: 6851. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176851

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