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Not sure what Water First is all about?

We are Canada’s leading charity dedicated to working in partnership with Indigenous communities to address local water challenges through education, training and meaningful collaboration.

Water First is guided by the Indigenous youth and young adults who participate in our programs, our Indigenous staff and board members, local Indigenous community partners, and by members of our Indigenous Advisory Council. Our collaborations are built on respect and meaningful partnerships, with Indigenous youth and community partners at the heart of our work. While we strive to meaningfully engage with many Indigenous individuals through our work, we do not identify as an Indigenous-led organization.

Learn more about all the ways Water First is working with Indigenous communities in Canada to resolve local water challenges through training, education, and collaboration. We are happy to provide photos of our work to complement your storytelling.

Reach out to us

Media Contact

Water First Staff: Ami Gopal

Ami Gopal
Director of Development & Communications
1-800-970-8467 ext. 106


Water First Staff: John Millar

John D. Millar
Executive Director & Founder

Water First Staff: Kendra Driscoll

Kendra Driscoll
Senior Manager, Drinking Water

Water First Staff: Dillon Koopmans

Dillon Koopmans
Senior Manager, School Water

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Water quality training for those who have the most to protect
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Tom’s of Maine Pledges Ten Per Cent of Annual Earnings to Canadian-Based Charity Water First
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Quality water (treatment) education
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Creemore organization addressing water challenges faced by indigenous communities.
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Water First starts new First Nations water operator internship near Orillia

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