When the river rises : a case study of Kwantlen First Nation’s management of flood risk
This research follows case study methodology and explores how and why the Kwantlen First Nation (KFN) face risks associated with freshet flooding on IR6 McMillan Island, the lands that they presently occupy and primarily reside. The project explores the role colonialism has had on the KFN and how it still systemically impacts the challenges they face as a community. Adhering to Indigenous methodologies, this case study draws upon the authentic narrative of the KFN participants and holds a space for their journey of resilience. They are aware of the risk and face it with adherence to the seven traditional laws of Health, Happiness, Generations, Generosity, Humbleness, Forgiveness and Understanding and a commitment to doing good work. The study also explores the value of relationship, dialogue and the potential of collaboration. There is a lot of ongoing work happening in both the space of flood management along the Fraser River and emergency management. Much of this work has potential for collaboration between KFN and the other participant organizations. As applied research, what this study offers is tangible recommendations for practice that are grounded and guided by KFN.