Valuing water for our shared sustainable future 20 January

Today the planet is straining under the weight of human development and governments and institutions are searching for innovative answers to protect our planet.

Portrait photo of Kelsey Leonard wearing a blue blouse and white cardigan

Kelsey Leonard

Professor, Faculty of Environment

> Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Waters, Climate and Sustainability

> Water Institute

Thanks to efforts by researchers like Kelsey Leonard, who joined the Faculty of Environment in 2020, we’re exploring and valuing essential environmental knowledge long ignored by non-Indigenous decision-makers.

Indigenous Peoples have vast knowledge systems and scientific traditions that can work alongside western scientific methods. With global warming now raising sea levels, Leonard’s position as Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Waters, Climate and Sustainability, will help her explore ways of facilitating Indigenous knowledge to restore our threatened oceans, lakes and rivers while assuring Indigenous sovereignty.

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