Source Water Protection in Indigenous Communities
Legal Tool Kits
Since 2017, the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, the Oneida Nation of the Thames, the Munsee-Delaware Nation (CMO) and the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) have undertaken a collaborative, community-based project to identify threats to source waters in the Indigenous communities along the Thames River and, develop legal tools and policy aimed at their protection.
View a short film, introducing this tri-nation-CELA intiative, the meaning of water and its importance to the CMO communities.
Legal Tool Kits
With funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario, the CMO communities in collaboration with CELA, devised legal and policy tools to address concerns from community members, whose historical use and enjoyment of the Thames River had been diminished, because of threats from industrial discharges and spills, sewage overflows, and the impact of phosphorus loading and pesticide use.
In response to threats to source water identified and prioritized by the CMO communities, an Indigenous Source Water Protection Toolkit was created. The Toolkit provides a range of legal tools which can be used in Indigenous communities to protect source waters and mitigate threats.
As this toolkit is a living document, we encourage all readers to refer to the websites of the individual CMO communities (linked above) for updates regarding the use of these legal tools by community members, Chief and Council, and administration.
Title: Presentation to Chiefs of Ontario – Source Water Protection Case Study Resource Type: Presentation Content: 1252-SourceWaterProtection # of Pages: 30 Date authored: March 4, 2019 Publication number: 1252 Author/s: Kerrie Blaise Author Organization: CELA
Title: Slideshow: First Nations’ On-Reserve Source Water Protection Resource Type: Presentation Content: SourceWaterProtection final # of Pages: 20 Date authored: August 13, 2015 Publication number: 1030 Author/s: Theresa McClenaghan and Barbora Grochalova Author Organization: CELA
Title: A First Nations Source Protection Toolkit Resource Type: Report Content: FNSP-Toolkit # of Pages: 17 Date authored: December 2014 Publication number: 1015 Author/s: Christopher Waffle Author Organization: Canadian Environmental Law Association