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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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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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Paige

Paige, a new short film from Water First and Untold Storytelling, follows the story of Paige Manitowabi, a Water Walker...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Inter-program Collaborations in Naskapi

In late May, Dillon from our Schools Program team was in the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach to work with students...

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Virtual Programs with Sagamok First Nation
Our team recently delivered our 2nd virtual program, this time to Biidaaban Kinoomaageamik in Sagamok First Nation....

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Thank You for a Good News Story

2020 was quite a year! Despite the challenges we faced along the way, we’re proud of our successes. Among many...

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Enviro Week!

A few weeks ago in Kenora, Ontario, the interns in our Drinking Water Internship Program took part in a week-long...

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Internship Milestones: Operator in Training Exam

The Water First interns recently wrote their Entry Level Course and Operator in Training (OIT) exams. These exams are significant...

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Bimose Intern and her young daughter.
Bimose Tribal Council & Water First

The Drinking Water program continues to be a priority for many communities, especially now. Clean and safe drinking water is...

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Update on the Drinking Water Internship In Bimose

At the time of our last newsletter we were pivoting our Internship program to remote and interactive online programming. Now...

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Drinking Water Internship Program graduate Amy Waboose working in her home water treatment plant.
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...

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Jamie Lee Parenteau, Water First Intern, Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation
Water plant operators have an essential role

The last few weeks have been an interesting challenge. And to be honest, Water First is still navigating our new...

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Internship program wins 2019 Water’s Next award

Each year, Water Canada recognizes and celebrates the achievement of people, projects, and technology that address and improve water issues...

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Alumni Update

Since graduating, the Interns have been meeting regularly to stay connected, to improve the program, and to pave the way...

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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)...

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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...

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Enviro Week!

A few weeks ago in Kenora, Ontario, the interns in our Drinking Water Internship Program took part in a week-long

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Alumni Update

Since graduating, the Interns have been meeting regularly to stay connected, to improve the program, and to pave the way

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Enviro Week!

A few weeks ago in Kenora, Ontario, the interns in our Drinking Water Internship Program took part in a week-long...

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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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Out on the lake in Naskapi
New environmental project kicks-off in northern Quebec

This past spring, Water First and Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, located in northern Quebec near the border of Labrador, started...

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We called ourselves The Food Crew

By: McKaylii Jawbone of Kebaowek First Nation, Water First Intern I was a part of a two-year project to restore...

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Put the big fish back… and other fish facts

Walleye spawn in the spring as soon as the ice is out by depositing eggs over rocks and cobble shoals....

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Water First and Science Literacy Week 2018 with Saugeen First Nation
Roots are claws that hold the earth in place

Waterside tree planting is important both to the local waterways and the people who live adjacent to them. Tree roots...

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Wrap up ceremony at Kebaowek First Nation
Wrap up at Kebaowek First Nation

On January 24 people braved the freezing temperatures and gathered at the Eagle Dome at Kebaowek First Nation to celebrate...

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Ivan, Kacie and Mckaylii stand proudly over a new walleye spawning shoal.
Habitat Restoration: Walleye spawning site in the Kipawa Watershed

Over the past year, Water First and Kebaowek First Nation collaborated on a restoration project to repair a damaged historical...

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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...

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Virtual Programs with Sagamok First Nation
Our team recently delivered our 2nd virtual program, this time to Biidaaban Kinoomaageamik in Sagamok First Nation....

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Indigenous School Workshops Go Virtual

This fall, due to COVID, we are offering remote programming for our Indigenous School Water Programs. We will mail out...

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Empowering First Nations youth to develop a passion for water science

Over the past number of months, Water First has been creating a new school-aged youth education pilot project, Growing Roots....

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Student from Wahgoshig First Nation checking water sample results
A Paws-itive Tree Plant at Wahgoshig First Nation

Water First returned to Joseph H. Kennedy Public School in the summer of 2019 for more water science workshops and...

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Quinte Mohawk students become water stewards

This past May, students from Quinte Mohawk School became stewards of the water. Students from multiple grades learned how to...

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Working with students from G Theberge School in Témiscaming, Québec

Last week from March 19th-21st, Water First staff and our interns from Kebaowek First Nation visited G Theberge School in...

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Dillon talking to students before planting trees at Saugeen First Nation.
Saugeen First Nation students find satisfaction in a project well done

On a fall day in Saugeen First Nation, students were struggling with some more-challenging-than-usual planting conditions. After completing science workshops...

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Water First and Science Literacy Week 2018 with Saugeen First Nation
Roots are claws that hold the earth in place

Waterside tree planting is important both to the local waterways and the people who live adjacent to them. Tree roots...

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Tree planting with youth from Matachewan First Nation
Water Tree at Matachewan First Nation

This past October, Water First collaborated with Matachewan First Nation to deliver a series of educational workshops at the local...

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Water First and Science Literacy Week 2018 with Saugeen First Nation
Science Literacy Week 2018

As part of Science Literacy Week 2018 and funded by a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)...

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Hands on Water Science Days 2018

Water First visited Kikendaasogamig /Cape Croker Elementary School and the Chippewas of Nawash community for two days of Hands on...

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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...

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