Join us this World Water Day for a film screening and panel discussion exploring ecosystem health, salmon passage, transboundary watershed governance, and the Columbia River Treaty.

The evening will begin with a screening of the short film Treaty Talks: Paddling up the Columbia River for People and Salmon. This film takes us on a 1243-mile journey from the sea to the source of the Columbia River in five dugout canoes, carved and paddled by native and non-native youth. As they journey up the river—at a time when the renegotiation of the 1964 Canada-US Columbia River Treaty is at a pivotal state—we hear conversations between shareholders of the river and see the efforts of citizens working to restore historic salmon runs above the Grand Coulee Dam.

A moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A will follow the film, focusing on the upcoming renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty, the role of Indigenous nations in a modernized treaty, and the numerous issues that have emerged since the treaty was introduced—including ecosystem integrity, cultural flows, Indigenous values, and climate change. Panellists Jay Johnson (Chief Negotiator and Senior Policy Advisor, Okanagan Nation Alliance), Kathy Eichenberger (Executive Director, Columbia River Treaty Review, B.C. Government), and Jesse Baltutis (Graduate Fellow at UVic’s Centre for Global Studies and Water, Innovation and Global Governance Lab) will offer their perspectives.

This event is being hosted by the Canadian Freshwater Alliance; UVic’s Centre for Global Studies; UVic’s Environmental Law Centre; First Nations Fisheries Council; UVic’s POLIS Water Sustainability Project; UVic’s Water, Innovation, and Global Governance Lab (WIGG); Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN); and Watershed Watch Salmon Society.

RSVPs are not required but are appreciated. Please email [email protected] if you plan to attend. More information at:

Date(s) - 22/03/2018
0 h 00 min

University of Victoria, Harry Hickman Building, Room 105,

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3800 Finnerty Rd

V8P 5C2