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Outdoor Program Leads to Grade 9 Geography Credits

Nine Grade 8 students of Beausoleil First Nation participated in an 8-week outdoor experiential learning program with Indigenous School Water Program instructors and earned Grade 9 Geography credits. Through land-based activities that related to the geography curriculum, the students earned their credits while participating in Beausoleil First Nation’s Wind and Water Monitoring

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Long Term Monitoring Program in Sheshatshiu

After acquiring an old fishing lodge on Park Lake, Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation (SIFN) in central Labrador are beginning a 10-year process to clean up and improve the lodge site to run a 100% Innu owned and operated tourism lodge, just south of Akami-Uapishkᵁ-KakKasuak-Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve. Water First

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Bimose Interns Sit For WQA Exam

Interns in the Drinking Water Program with Bimose Tribal Council recently wrote their Water Quality Analyst (WQA) exam. The exam was originally scheduled for February of this year but had to be postponed several times due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The WQA exams, which demonstrate a certified level of professional expertise and a

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The Georgian Bay Internship is Underway

This past month, Water First launched the next Water First Internship Program in the Georgian Bay area in partnership with Waabnoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations (WBAFN), Gezhtoojig Employment & Training, Anishinabek Nation, and all the participating communities. This program will train 16 young Indigenous adults to become certified water treatment plant operators.

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Restoration sites selected in Long Point First Nation

The Environmental Water team’s latest collaboration with Long Point First Nation, is continuing to evolve. In consultation with the community, two sites have been identified for a walleye habitat restoration project, and two youth have been hired to work alongside Water First staff. A local mentor position is still set

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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 state of water systems in Canada and the United States. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University with a research focus on violence, Indigenous women,

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What’s in Your Water on Manitoulin Island

On a rainy week in May, students from the Zhiibaahaasing and Sheshegwaning First Nations saw their water in a new light.  We delivered our hands-on What’s in Your Water program to the students of St. Joseph’s Anishinabek School on Manitoulin Island. Over four days, students of all ages took part

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Water First Ambassador: Nadia George

Water First Ambassador: Nadia George

Passion and enthusiasm emanate from Nadia George like water flows. Genuinely, effortlessly and with relish.  Based in Toronto, Nadia is an award-winning Mi’kmaw-Canadian actor, media personality, public speaker, and now officially a Water First Ambassador. Her work focuses on uplifting young Indigenous voices by giving space for them to be

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