Category: Drinking Water

Screenshot of Ryan teaching over video conferencing.

Update on Drinking Water Internship — Bimose


At the time of our last newsletter we were pivoting our Internship program to remote and interactive online programming. Now that our interns have a few months of online learning experience we have settled into a routine. Each week, the interns receive a Mission Pack. It includes the week’s lesson, … Read More

Amy Waboose, Water First Internship graduate, at work in her home community.

First Nations skills-training program has partnership at heart


Though it’s relatively well known that many First Nations communities don’t have access to clean drinking water, the complicated reasons why – and relevant solutions – are less than obvious. The Trudeau government is working to end all long-term drinking water advisories, prevent short-term advisories from becoming long-term and improve … Read More

News release: Bimose Tribal Council and Water First Announce New Internship to Address Water Challenges in First Nations Communities


Next Generation of Indigenous Water Treatment Workers Are Finding Solutions Through Training in Water Trades and Sciences

The Bimose Tribal Council in northwestern Ontario and Canadian charity Water First Education & Training Inc. announce their partnership to deliver a drinking water treatment and environmental water management internship program for young … Read More

Kendra, Naomi and Eric presenting at the AFN Water Symposium

Alumni Update


Since graduating, the Interns have been meeting regularly to stay connected, to improve the program, and to pave the way for future interns. They recognize what a powerful experience they have had and want to support future cohorts to be even more successful.

Water First has recently implemented a Professional … Read More

Water First staff and internship graduates at the 24th Annual Aboriginal Water and Wastewater Association of Ontario Training Conference and Tradeshow in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Water First at AWWAO Conference


On January 29-31, 2019, Water First team members attended the 24th Annual Aboriginal Water and Wastewater Association of Ontario (AWWAO) Training Conference and Tradeshow in Thunder Bay, Ontario. 

Two graduates of the Water First Internship program, now Operators-In-Training at their communities’ water treatment plants attended the conference. Water First also … Read More

Water Canada Magazine

Internship program profiled in Water Canada magazine


The Water First Internship Program was featured in the January/February 2019 edition of Water Canada, a publication dedicated to covering a range of Canadian water issues. This edition of the magazine focused specifically on issues impacting Indigenous communities, as well as the work of individuals, communities and organizations addressing … Read More

Report cover for Achieving a Sustainable Future

Water First Internship Highlighted as Innovative Initiative in Government of Canada Sustainable Development Report


In October 2018, Environment and Climate Change Canada released a report detailing the Government of Canada’s efforts in realizing the 13 aspirational goals set out in its 2016 to 2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

For each goal, the report sets out why each goal is important, overall progress made towards … Read More

Water First Interns and Advisors

Make a real difference to a long-standing problem


I was so proud to see the 10 interns graduate.

Not only because we had been through so much together over the last 15 months. And not only because I knew how much they had learned and grown both personally and professionally. But because looking at these 10 smiling and … Read More

Water First Internship graduates

News release: Indigenous youth graduate from Water First Internship Program


Ten youth from seven First Nations achieve certifications to address drinking water and environmental water challenges

Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, Manitoulin Island – 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 … Read More

Water First Interns using Esri software

Internship Program: Blending Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Cutting Edge Technology


Water First Interns from across Manitoulin Island were brought together for a week in May to explore traditional knowledge along with new technologies.

Interns heard from guest speakers about traditional ecological knowledge and Elders discussed the changes in the migratory patterns of fish and animals. Elders shared their observations about … Read More

Water First: Water Quality Study

Minister’s Annual Report on Drinking Water 2017


At the end of last year, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change published it’s annual report that provides an overview of the work Ontario is doing to protect drinking water. Through the Ontario Community Environment Fund, Water First has received grants to help improve drinking water in nine … Read More