We need your help.

It’s easy to take clean drinking water for granted. We live in Canada, after all.

Yet, 20% of First Nations communities can’t drink water from their taps. In Ontario, 40% of First Nations are under a boil water advisory — twice the national average.

The water crisis in First Nations communities in Canada is unacceptable.

And it’s difficult to imagine how to make it right. However, there is a solution that’s working — one person and one community at a time. Water First has been working together with First Nations communities to build capacity locally, collaborating to address both drinking water and environmental water concerns. And we have seen the impact. Real long-term solutions that increase knowledge and skills — benefiting both individuals and communities.

It’s our approach that sets us apart. If we want to have clean water in Indigenous communities, we need to do things differently. OUR PROGRAMS ARE IT!

The problem is big. And it requires investments. While the government funds many elements of our work, it doesn’t fund the time it takes to develop relationships, establish trust, learn from local community members and adapt local approaches. And that’s why we need your support.

You can be part of the solution.



Whether you’re bringing people together to honour a loved one, collecting from your fellow book club members, or taking on a personal challenge — YOU can be a part of helping First Nations communities access safe, clean water.



Make a donation today to support life-changing training and help restore the health of First Nations’ waterways. Or join our monthly giving community and transform lives for as little as $5/month.

Young Indigenous girls planting trees for watershed remediation
Water First Interns testing water quality

Gift of stock or securities

Help First Nations communities get clean water and maximize your tax benefit. If you are considering making a gift of securities, please download a copy of our securities transfer form and contact Ami Gopal for more information.


Leave a legacy

Invest in a future with clean water for all First Nations communities through a gift in your will. Connect with Ami Gopal to make your impact.



We are actively recruiting volunteers to help build our capacity. Let us know if you are interested in joining the team!


Speak to Ami Gopal, our Director of Development, at ami@waterfirst.ngo or 1 (800) 970-8467 ext. 106 for other ways to support sustainable water systems in First Nations communities.