Nibi (water) Gathering

May 25-28, 2023

A gathering in honour of sacred responsibility to nibi (water)

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New report

Governance Back: Exploring Indigenous Approaches to Reclaiming Relationships With Land

In our Backyard:

Keeyask and the legacy of Hydroelectric development

About Us

Decolonizing Water is an Indigenous-led partnership committed to enhancing the protection of water and Indigenous water governance. We engage in Indigenous-led research on water, including its ecological, socio-economic, cultural and spirtual dimensions.

For us, lands and water are not only sites of learning, but are also actively involved in the process of education.


Our Team

Decolonizing Water is built on relationships and our strength is in our team. We are co-led by two co-leads, Professor Aimée Craft and Dr. Deborah McGregor, who have extensive knowledge and experience in water law, Indigenous governance, and community-based research.

The grant is lead by an all-Indigenous Council made up of five members, each bringing unique knowledge and community ties. Our Advisory Council brings together the voices of youth and Elders from different communities to guide our work.

We are also supported by a network of employees and students who contribute research and technical skills.

Community Engaged Research

Decolonizing Water approaches Indigenous community engaged and directed research by rooting our relationships in four core values: respect, responsibility, reciprocity and relevance. Through land-based learning we seek to decolonize research, settler-colonial relations, as well as the lands and waters.

Our project team uses the Ownership-Control-Access-Possession (OCAP) protocol, informed by the concept of Two-Eyed Seeing.

OCAP is a specific protocol for working with Indigenous communities that implies that ownership of data rests with communities themselves. Our community partners retain control of the information they share with us, and we follow their prescribed protocols for access and possession. Two-Eyed Seeing means to learn with one eye from Indigenous ways of knowing, and with the other eye from Western ways of knowing. Our work blends Indigenous and Western ways of knowing, viewing them as complementary.


Our team has published a number of academic papers, journal articles, conference proceedings, videos, and books that share our research. Led by our Council, we are planning to publish a book summarizing the work undertaken throughout the lifetime of Decolonizing Water grant.

In addition to written publications, we produce a variety of audiovisual resources to share our work. Our goal in producing audiovisual content is to make the knowledge shared through Decolonizing Water as accessible as possible

Get Involved

Relationships are the foundation of Decolonizing Water. Please contact us if you are interested in building a partnership or learning more about our work.