First Nations, Traditional Knowledge, and Water Ethics

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Book Chapter

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(Eds) Ingrid Stefanovic, and Adeel Zafar. Ethical Water Stewardship, Water Security in a New World. Ed: Ingrid Stefanovic. Springer Nature Switzerland: 147-63.


Water governence; Traditional knowledge; Ethics; Gender


In the Anishinaabek tradition, theoretically, practice is embedded in inquiry: one does not really know until knowing occurs. As such, inquiry is not just concerned with generating knowledge, but doing something about it in an ethical and responsible manner. Anishinaabe gikendaasowin (knowledge) is rooted in place and reminds us through engaging directly with people, the waters, and the landscape that we have responsibilities and obligations that require action, not just words. This chapter provides insights into how Anishinaabe place-based research has incorporated such practices that reflect expression of water ethics and that contribute to water justice and governance.