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Modernization of the Canada–U.S. Columbia River Treaty: The Role of Indigenous Peoples

June 26, 2018

From June 18 to 27, 2018, the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium (PNWCSC) led a professional development training—a ten-day experiential field course to many sites on the Upper Columbia River in Washington State and British Columbia. Participants included four academics, four graduate students, and two independent scholars from PNWCSC organizations. It was supported by the Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, and a Collaborative Research Mobility Award, Cascadia Engagement Fund—University of British Columbia and the University of Washington. By touring facilities along the river and engaging with local community members—including Indigenous communities and scholars—about the impacts of the dams on the regional economies, cultures, and ecosystems, this field course seeks to broaden knowledge and understanding of the Columbia River Treaty between Canada and the United States.