Courses - Indigenous Governance and Water PUAD 6140   Indigenous Governance and Water
This course introduces students to the area of Indigenous Governance. The general aim of the course is to expose students to the history of the existing legal and political structures relating to Indigenous peoples in Canada and then to focus on how these structures actually operate (or fail to do so) in a given area. In other words, we will move from the more general to the specific and examine their interrelation. The first half of the course will be spent making our way through the last 150 years of political and legal conflict between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state. In the second half, we will move onto a set of readings that specifically focus on Indigenous governance issues relating to water. We will be using resources related to (and some produced by) the Decolonizing Water Project ( The goal of this project is to create a prototype of an Indigenous-led community-based water monitoring initiative that is rooted in Indigenous laws, and is a practical expression of Indigenous water governance. The course will focus on issues that are related to this goal and offer students the opportunity to do research projects that can make a contribution to a cutting-edge area of Indigenous governance research.
FORMAT: Seminar
PREREQUISITES: Students must successfully complete all eight required courses of the first year of the MPA program