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Preamble and Consent


This survey is administered by Kelsey Leonard (Shinnecock), Philomathia Scholar in Water Policy, Department of Political Science, McMaster University. The survey was co-developed with Grandmother Josephine Mandamin (Ojibwe Wikwemikong First Nation) and Joanne Robertson (Ojibwe Atikameksheng Anishnawbek). The purpose of the survey is to gather information on how many Water Walks have been held globally since 2003 when Josephine Mandamin first asked for individuals and organizations to come together annually to walk for the water and raise awareness in their communities. Information gathered during this survey will be used in an online portal, clickable map interface, water walker presentations, and scholarly journals/publications. What we learn from this survey will help us understand the Water Walks globally and how they build awareness around the importance of the water to gain support for water protection and promote Indigenous ways of caring for water.

To learn more about the survey and the researcher’s study, particularly in terms of any associated risks or harms associated with the survey, how confidentiality and anonymity will be handled, withdrawal procedures, incentives that are promised, how to obtain information about the survey’s results, how to find helpful resources should the survey make you uncomfortable or upset etc., please read the accompanying letter of information.

This survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. 

This survey is part of a study that has been reviewed and cleared by the McMaster Research Ethics Board (MREB). The MREB protocol number associated with this survey is MREB 2017 190.

If you are interested in receiving a description of the study results when the survey is complete, please send an e-mail message to leonardk@mcmaster.ca requesting this summary.

You are free to complete this survey or not. If you have any concerns or questions about your rights as a participant or about the way the study is being conducted, please contact:

  McMaster Research Ethics Secretariat
  Telephone 1-(905) 525-9140 ext. 23142
  c/o Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS)
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Having read the above, I understand that by clicking the “Yes” button below, I agree to take part in this study under the terms and conditions outlined in the accompanied letter of information.