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Water Sampling with members of the Cree Nation Government

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In September 2021, Water First began a new project with the Cree Nation Government and the Cree Nation of Nemaska in Eeyou Istchee (Cree land), northeastern Quebec. Kendra and Keegan, Water First staff, started the trip with three days of training about water quality and the impacts in Nemaska.

“We began the training sessions by asking attendees to share their observations and concerns for the area. Through these introductory chats, we were able to address topics that the community is concerned about and interested in learning.”
Kendra Driscoll, Water First Technical Trainer
Kendra explaining the setup of the YSI, a tool used to measure pH, temperature and conductivity.
Keegan observed and advised the trainees as they sampled and tested the samples from the boat.
Members using a Van Dorn to measure water samples deeper in the water column from the boat.
Members filling water sampling bottles.
After the training, a smaller group flew out to Lake Evans and Lake Dana for four days to put their new knowledge and skills to use collecting and testing water samples.

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Alumni graduate Amy Waboose working in her community drinking water treatment plant.