Through the Drinking Water Internship, the biggest thing I learned was the hard work and skills needed to keep a whole community safe with clean water. Like in my community, many First Nations in Canada already have water treatment staff doing a great job. And yet, it is clear that having more well-trained young people, like myself, working as operators, will mean we will have clean water for today and the future.
I am proof that, given the opportunity and the right support, we can all do things that maybe we didn’t think were possible. Being an operator is quite the responsibility; not to be taken lightly. You’re not just keeping one person safe. Or just yourself. It’s the whole community. Before this, I didn’t realize that I could fulfill such an important role for my community.
I hope you will consider donating to a solution that helps our communities address water challenges, while putting people like me on a career path I never would have imagined.
Hunter Andrew James Edison, OIT
Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation
Drinking Water Internship Graduate