Human-Water Relationships and Northern Canadian Rivers

My doctoral research is an ethnographic study of the participation of Treaty 8 First Nation and Métis communities in the regulatory and assessment process of two proposed hydroelectric dam developments. I am using collaborative and critical ethnographic methods, which emphasize the significance of ethics, and a working relationship based on collaboration, consultation, and dialogue between researcher and research participant in particular and community as a whole. Working in partnership with communities, I will document how Treaty 8 First Nations and Métis community members think about and use a river, their shared and diverse meanings, values, and beliefs of a river and, how they perceive their own situation within the politics of transboundary water security of hydroelectric dam developments. Although my primary methods of data collection are conducting informal and semi-formal interviews and participant observation, I will attend public hearings, collect archival data, and study environmental legislation, policy, and mandates of hydroelectric corporations.

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Creator Michelle Borowitz
Publisher Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
Contributor Polar Data Catalogue
Publication Year 2012
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OpenAccess true
Contact borowitz(at); pdc(at)
Language English
Format Computer file
Discipline Economics
Spatial Coverage (-121.000W, 55.000S, -111.000E, 61.000N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2009-06-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2010-12-31T00:00:00Z