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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Donate $500,000 in Support of Training, Education and Skills Development for Indigenous Youth and Young Adults

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have made a donation in support of locally-based, hands-on skills training and education programs. Reynolds’...

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Meet the Donors: The Green Fischer Foundation

When Ryan Fischer and his wife Ester Tsenter were looking for a nonprofit organization to support through their arm of...

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Water First Graduates celebrated in new Alumni Crest with memorial element

For graduates of Water First programs, their connection to the organization doesn’t end when their internship does. The Water First...

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Celebrating Pride Month

Celebrating Pride Month Happy Pride, everyone! June is a month to celebrate the immense movements made by queer activists and...

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Celebrating National Indigenous History Month

Contents: June is National Indigenous History Month. At Water First, we are proud to recognize and uphold the rich and...

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Third-party fundraisers and creative ways to give
From raffles to running, Water First supporters have found many creative ways to give back over the years. Fun and...

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Red Dress Day (National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People)

Red Dress Day National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People May 5...

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Celebrating World Water Day with an Adventure in Alberta

We’re still processing our awesome adventure in Alberta around World Water Day. 😮‍💨 In March 2024, four departments at Water...

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Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQQIA+ Awareness and Celebration Day

Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQQIA+ Awareness and Celebration Day On Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQQIA+ Awareness and Celebration Day, Water First is...

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Women Making Waves: Celebrating 5 Female-Led Partnerships at Water First

Women Making Waves Celebrating 5 Female-Led Partnerships at Water First This International Women’s Day, Water First honours the many remarkable...

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Lasting results begin with strong relationships

Lasting results begin with strong relationships 2023 Annual Report “For Water First, the most successful projects springboard into enhanced partnerships...

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Listening and adapting to community needs

Listening and adapting to community needs 2023 Annual Report “It was humbling to begin the week beside the water, being...

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Nurturing connections between interns, peers and communities

Nurturing connections between interns, peers, and communities 2023 Annual Report “When interns become alumni, they will continue to have the...

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Water First Graduates celebrated in new Alumni Crest with memorial element

For graduates of Water First programs, their connection to the organization doesn’t end when their internship does. The Water First...

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Lasting results begin with strong relationships

Lasting results begin with strong relationships 2023 Annual Report “For Water First, the most successful projects springboard into enhanced partnerships...

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Listening and adapting to community needs

Listening and adapting to community needs 2023 Annual Report “It was humbling to begin the week beside the water, being...

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Nurturing connections between interns, peers and communities

Nurturing connections between interns, peers, and communities 2023 Annual Report “When interns become alumni, they will continue to have the...

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Adaptability in Action 

Written by Mason Prout, Communications & Development Specialist at Water First Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation is located on the north...

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Diving Into Water Quality Analysis: Two weeks of workshops, learning, and connection

A Water Quality Analyst (WQA) plays a critical role in testing water quality in a water system and ensuring the...

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Turning a Dream of Clean Water Into Action

With support from Rotary, Georgian Bay Drinking Water Program interns have a bright future ahead. For interns of the Georgian...

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GIS & Mapping Workshop

In January, interns in the Drinking Water Internship Program gathered at the Mississauga First Nation Community Centre for a week-long...

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From Connection to Community – Jacey’s Path to Water First

Legend of the Blackfoot Iniskim (Buffalo Stone) Long ago, the Blackfoot People lived in tipis and were nomadic. They followed...

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Celebrating the Graduates of the Georgian Bay Drinking Water Internship

In June of 2021 Water First, in partnership with Waabnoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations, Gezhtoojig Employment & Training, and...

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Fourth Drinking Water Internship Underway

On July 4th, the latest Water First Internship Program — in partnership with Mamaweswen and the North Shore Tribal Council—...

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Experience in a Big City Treatment Plant

Written by: Lori Corbiere, an intern from Wahnapitae First Nation in the Drinking Water Internship Program, and Kendra Driscoll, Water...

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North Shore Internship at Water Treatment Plant

GIS & Mapping Workshop

In January, interns in the Drinking Water Internship Program gathered at the Mississauga First Nation Community Centre for a week-long

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Water First Graduates celebrated in new Alumni Crest with memorial element

For graduates of Water First programs, their connection to the organization doesn’t end when their internship does. The Water First...

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Lasting results begin with strong relationships

Lasting results begin with strong relationships 2023 Annual Report “For Water First, the most successful projects springboard into enhanced partnerships...

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Listening and adapting to community needs

Listening and adapting to community needs 2023 Annual Report “It was humbling to begin the week beside the water, being...

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Nurturing connections between interns, peers and communities

Nurturing connections between interns, peers, and communities 2023 Annual Report “When interns become alumni, they will continue to have the...

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Better Together:
Continuing our journey with Brunswick House First Nation

Article by Cory Girard, Project Manager, Environmental Water For Water First, the most successful projects springboard into enhanced partnerships and...

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Part of the Hive:
Working together for lasting results

Written by Adrianna Bilinski, Program Manager Water First has been partnering with Long Point First Nation (LPFN), located in western...

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Building Confidence, Strengthening Connections

Remote First Aid training for the Environmental Water Team By Beth Wright, Technical Trainer & Communications Coordinator It was a...

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Adaptability in Action 

Written by Mason Prout, Communications & Development Specialist at Water First Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation is located on the north...

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Long-Term Connections for Sustainable Outcomes

A fundamental aspect to Water First’s work is striving for lasting results – which means sustainable outcomes to projects, with...

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Understanding Cumulative Effects on Fish Populations with Innu Nation

Innu Nation has a deep understanding about the stressors on fish populations on their traditional territory. Water First is supporting...

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Bringing Communities Together to Explore Winter Water Science

Winter water monitoring can be challenging – think temperatures below -30°, biting winds, snowdrifts that can bury buildings, and lake...

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Monitoring the impacts of climate change with Brunswick House First Nation

Beth Wright, Water First’s Communications Assistant, reflects on her trip to Chapleau as part of a climate monitoring and training...

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Celebrating World Water Day with an Adventure in Alberta

We’re still processing our awesome adventure in Alberta around World Water Day. 😮‍💨 In March 2024, four departments at Water...

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Lasting results begin with strong relationships

Lasting results begin with strong relationships 2023 Annual Report “For Water First, the most successful projects springboard into enhanced partnerships...

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Listening and adapting to community needs

Listening and adapting to community needs 2023 Annual Report “It was humbling to begin the week beside the water, being...

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Nurturing connections between interns, peers and communities

Nurturing connections between interns, peers, and communities 2023 Annual Report “When interns become alumni, they will continue to have the...

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A Summer of Learning on and from the Land with Sheshegwaning First Nation

This summer marked Water First’s and Sheshegwaning First Nation’s first collaboration on a summer high school credit program. The community...

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Forging Relationships, Forging Change

An evolution of partnership and learning with Beausoleil First Nation By Adrianna Bilinski, Program Manager, Indigenous School Engagement If there’s...

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Part of the Hive:
Working together for lasting results

Written by Adrianna Bilinski, Program Manager Water First has been partnering with Long Point First Nation (LPFN), located in western...

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Adaptability in Action 

Written by Mason Prout, Communications & Development Specialist at Water First Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation is located on the north...

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Sunny Days in Nunavik

Written by: Adrianna Bilinski, Indigenous School Engagement Manager at Water First. The third week of January, in the middle of...

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Paddling Through the Weeds

by Adrianna Bilinski, Indigenous School Engagement Coordinator Over the last few years, the Schools Program team at Water First has...

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Summer Credit Program: Earning High School Credits Through Experiential Learning

In late August 2022, Water First’s Schools Program team wrapped up its second year of delivering the Summer Credit Program....

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Chapleau High School Students Help With Climate Monitoring Study

Cory and Tanya from our Environmental and Indigenous Schools Water Programs were up in Brunswick House First Nation (BHFN) in...

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The Sound of Water: My Journey to Water First

It was 2021. I was sitting at my desk, tapping to the beat of water droplets in my headphones. I...

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Sunny Days in Nunavik

Written by: Adrianna Bilinski, Indigenous School Engagement Manager at Water First. The third week of January, in the middle of...

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From Connection to Community – Jacey’s Path to Water First

Legend of the Blackfoot Iniskim (Buffalo Stone) Long ago, the Blackfoot People lived in tipis and were nomadic. They followed...

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Monitoring the impacts of climate change with Brunswick House First Nation

Beth Wright, Water First’s Communications Assistant, reflects on her trip to Chapleau as part of a climate monitoring and training...

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Paddling Through the Weeds

by Adrianna Bilinski, Indigenous School Engagement Coordinator Over the last few years, the Schools Program team at Water First has...

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Experience in a Big City Treatment Plant

Written by: Lori Corbiere, an intern from Wahnapitae First Nation in the Drinking Water Internship Program, and Kendra Driscoll, Water...

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How to Be the Safety Line

An Intern’s Perspective on the Water First Internship Program Written by Nick Chapman, Water First Intern from Temagami First Nation....

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Delivering Upstream: A Sibling of the Internship

The Indigenous Schools Water Program (ISWP) delivers workshops and hands-on STEM experiences for school-aged youth to learn about their local...

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“The water needs our help.”

Tasha Beeds, a Plains Cree Mide-Kwe and Water Walker, has walked nearly 7,000 km to raise awareness about the current...

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Collaboration Leads to Success

Sagamok School and Water First Testing New Waters The Water First Indigenous School Water Programs team works primarily in schools...

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Our Land, Our Water

This beautiful video was made by McKaylii Jawbone from Témiscaming, Quebec, a member of Kebaowek First Nation. McKaylii is one...

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An Anishinabek Perspective on Nibi (Water)

By: Ogamauh annag (Sue Chiblow) Aniin, Boozhoo, Ogamauh annag qwe dishnecuz, jijauk dodem, Ketegaunzeebee donjeba, Anishinaabe, Ojibway indow. My English...

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