BLUE ECOLOGY VIDEO 6: “Hydrologists and water managers can help build a brighter future by rediscovering the meaning of water, and interweaving the predominant Western analytical models with the more intuitive indigenous models,” stated Michael Blackstock, independent scholar and developer of the Blue Ecology ecological philosophy


In the Blue Ecology Workshop in November 2017, Michael Blackstock (creator of the Blue Ecology paradigm) teamed with Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly, the Partnership for Water Sustainability’s Ted van der Gulik, and the CBC’s Bob McDonald (host, Quirks & Quarks) and  to share their unique and complementary perspectives on a water-first approach. The Fraser River was a centrepiece for the workshop program.

Kim Stephens, Executive Director of the Partnership for Water Sustainability, was the workshop faciliator/moderator.


Download “Blue Ecology – interweaving First Nations cultural knowledge and Western science” for a program preview.


“Blue Ecology is a means to focus, with new watery eyes, because an attitude switch needs to be thrown on the current crisis of climate change. For humans to adapt, a new culture of water is necessary,” wrote Michael Blackstock in a 2009 paper for the International Association of Hydrological Sciences