Cultural anthropologist Dawn Martin-Hill, Ph.D., was named the recipient of the 2022 University of Oklahoma International Water Prize for her commitment to improving water security for residents of the Six Nations of the Grand River, Canada’s largest Indigenous reserve.
Martin-Hill, Associate Professor at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, was recognized at the OU International Water Symposium for her contributions to understanding how water quality and safety are linked to culture. , the livelihoods and health of indigenous communities.
Jim Chamberlain, Ph.D., Acting Director of the OU Water Center, said, “Dr. Martin-Hill is deeply committed to bringing water to underserved people in North America. We had five excellent nominees for this award and a panel of his peers determined that Dr Martin-Hill’s work was exemplary and representative of the WaTER Centre‘s mission to bring water and sanitation to communities in the need.
The symposium brings together a group of expert panelists from around the world with multiple disciplines whose work is based on the United Nations sustainable development goal of ensuring water security in emerging regions. They nominate and select a recipient who is honored at the following year’s conference and receives a teardrop sculpture and $ 25,000.
Martin-Hill’s research examines the impact of contamination and water scarcity on humans, fish and wildlife at Six Nations of the Grand River. She says the community’s water treatment plant pipeline reaches only 10% of the community, yet the reserve is surrounded by the major cities of Toronto, Hamilton and Brantford, she said.
“These cities have access to drinking water and we don’t. I would like that to change, ”said Martin-Hill.
OU Senior Vice-President and Provost André-Denis Wright, Ph.D., delivered the opening speech for the virtual symposium. During his speech, he noted that he had both professional and personal appreciation for the work done by the OU WaTER Center.
“The International Water Prize makes OU unique in that it honors someone in the water field who works specifically on water security on behalf of underprivileged communities in the United States and the United States. foreigner. I was born and raised in one of those underprivileged communities outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I was 16 before we had running water in our house – indoor plumbing, regular electricity, and public transportation. My mom carried water daily from a well that we shared with five other families, ”Wright said.
Martin-Hill will deliver the speech at the international water conference scheduled for September 26-28, 2022 in Norman, Oklahoma (US).
Learn more about past recipients and the Galllogly College of Engineering Water Center at the University of Oklahoma.
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