Our Story

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  • Tin Roof Global

    Our Story 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 […]
  • Shawanaga First Nation

    Baseline Water Quality Study Our first-ever Canadian initiative, Water First partnered with Shawanaga First Nation for a community-based monitoring project in 2013. At that point, the community had been shipping in drinking water and they were interested in finding a feasible local source. Local youth were hired and received training in water sampling and water […]
  • Officially Water First

    Transition from focussing overseas to here at home In September 2016, Tin Roof Global Action Inc. officially became Water First Education & Training Inc. Along with the name change, our mandate also changed to focus exclusively on water issues affecting First Nations communities here in Canada. Our mission is to help address water challenges in […]
  • Indigenous Youth Graduate From Water First Internship Program

    Ten youth from seven First Nations achieve certifications to address drinking water and environmental water challenges Ten Indigenous youth were honoured this morning for successfully completing the Water First Internship Program at a graduation ceremony held on the powwow grounds of Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation. “We are very proud of the graduates, who have […]
  • Wrap up at Kebaowek First Nation

    Fish Habitat Restoration On January 24 people braved the freezing temperatures and gathered at the Eagle Dome at Kebaowek First Nation to celebrate the completion of the Walleye Habitat Restoration project, a partnership between Kebaowek First Nation and Water First. Throughout the two-year project, three large walleye spawning shoals were constructed at restoration sites identified […]
  • Expanding Our Reach

    Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikimach In July of 2019, Water First and Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, located in northern Quebec near the border of Labrador, started a collaboration on a new environmental project. This three-year project includes both a contaminant study to establish baseline mercury and heavy metals concentrations in the soil, water, and traditionally harvested […]
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