Pren­tice In­sti­tute to dis­cuss ac­cess to wa­ter at lun­cheon

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Ac­cess to wa­ter is a hu­man right, the United Na­tions main­tains.

But in Canada, many First Na­tions or re­mote com­mu­ni­ties don’t have a se­cure wa­ter sup­ply. One rea­son, a re­searcher says, is that re­spon­si­bil­ity for wa­ter has been down­loaded to lo­cal gov­ern­ments with in­ad­e­quate re­sources.

On Thurs­day, the Pren­tice In­sti­tute will present a “brown bag lunch” out­line of the is­sue, open to all in­ter­ested. It’s set for noon in the Pren­tice Board­room, L1102 in the li­brary at the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge.

Maura Han­ra­han, a U of L pro­fes­sor of In­dige­nous Stud­ies, con­ducts re­search into is­sues of wa­ter se­cu­rity. Her stud­ies, which also in­clude nu­tri­tion his­tory, in­dige­nous health and land use, have been pub­lished in the Cana­dian Journal of Pub­lic Health and other re­search pub­li­ca­tions.

Han­ra­han will dis­cuss the im­pacts of Canada’s highly de­cen­tral­ized ap­proach to wa­ter gov­er­nance, and its on­go­ing im­pacts. There is no charge to at­tend.

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