Water First Education & Training Inc. was founded in 2009 and began its work in Uganda, bringing drinking water resources to rural schools. We provided training on the operations and maintenance of the water and sanitation systems we installed.
We 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 Indigenous communities here in Canada experiencing water challenges.
Our projects with First Nations communities were initially small but grew quickly. Within a few years, our collaborations with Indigenous communities 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, we have collaborated with over 35 First Nations communities to address water challenges through education and training.