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Indigenous Perspectives on Water Security in Saskatchewan, Canada

Department of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C5, Canada
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Water 2020, 12(3), 810; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12030810
Received: 2 January 2020 / Revised: 8 March 2020 / Accepted: 11 March 2020 / Published: 14 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Security)
The term “water security” continues to gain traction in water resources literature with broad application to human health, water quality, and sustainability of water supply. These western science applications focus almost exclusively on the material value of water for human uses and activities. This paper offers voice to other interpretations of water security based on semi-structured interviews with Indigenous participants representing varied backgrounds and communities from Saskatchewan, a Canadian prairie province. The results indicate that water security from an Indigenous perspective embraces much more than the material value of water. Five themes emerged from this research that speak to a more holistic framing of water security to include water as a life form, water and the spirit world, women as water-keepers, water and human ethics, and water in Indigenous culture. This broader interpretation provides a more nuanced understanding of water security, which serves to enrich the water security narrative while educating western science. View Full-Text
Keywords: Saskatchewan; Canada; indigenous people; water governance; water security Saskatchewan; Canada; indigenous people; water governance; water security
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Awume, O.; Patrick, R.; Baijius, W. Indigenous Perspectives on Water Security in Saskatchewan, Canada. Water 2020, 12, 810. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12030810

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Awume O, Patrick R, Baijius W. Indigenous Perspectives on Water Security in Saskatchewan, Canada. Water. 2020; 12(3):810. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12030810

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Awume, Obadiah; Patrick, Robert; Baijius, Warrick. 2020. "Indigenous Perspectives on Water Security in Saskatchewan, Canada" Water 12, no. 3: 810. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12030810

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