Water First Education & Training Inc. helps address water challenges in Indigenous communities in Canada through education, training and meaningful collaboration.
Founded in 2009 to bring drinking water resources to rural schools in Uganda, we provided training on the operations and maintenance of the water and sanitation systems we installed.
Water First began working with First Nations in Canada in 2012, after being challenged and inspired by community members on numerous occasions about why we weren’t working with communities here in Canada experiencing water challenges.
Our projects with Indigenous communities were initially small but grew quickly. Within a few years, our collaborations accounted for nearly 90% of program resources. Water First dedicated itself exclusively to working with First Nations communities in 2016. We focus on both drinking water and environmental water concerns, as well as water science education for youth.
To date, Water First has collaborated with over 40 Indigenous communities to address water challenges through education and training.