Community members participate in the assessment, planning and restoration phases of a fish habitat restoration project, in partnership with experts in biology and hydrology. Elder consultations are key to identifying historically active fish habitat and restoration sites. Local youth receive training to implement the project with expert guidance.
Community members participate in the assessment, planning and implementation of erosion control activities to improve water quality in the local watershed. Local youth receive training to implement the project with expert guidance.
Baseline Water Quality Study
Youth and young adults sample water at various sites identified by the community, testing for contaminants that affect drinking water and environmental water quality. The data collected belongs to the First Nation and helps guard against future water quality impacts.
Contaminant of Concern Study
Water, sediment, and fish samples are collected from lakes identified by the First Nation and analyzed in labs for water quality and contaminant levels. Local fishers catch the fish and are trained in water and fish sampling techniques for analysis. The data is owned by the community and the results are clearly presented to community members.
Technical Skills Training
Community members and band office staff receive technical training to ensure water science skills are retained locally.
Aspiring young water treatment plant operators monitor drinking water quality in their distribution system and at traditional sites on the land. In partnership with professional water treatment plant operators, interns gain skills that are critical to solving boil water advisories in remote communities.
Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in First Nation schools are engaged with fun, hands-on, curriculum-based water science lessons. Activities include water sampling, capturing live specimens for viewing under a microscope, and drone flights above watersheds.
Water science workshops with an additional day of watershed restoration activities, such as tree planting, in the community.