Our Guiding Philosophy
During a staff retreat in the fall of 2019, the Water First team reflected on the essential qualities of our work that produce our strongest relationships and greatest achievements. Our Strands of Success stem from this reflection. These Strands are deeply woven into our operations, how we ensure our work is meeting community-identified needs, as well as in the design and delivery of our education and training programs.
Ensure that respect, honesty, transparency, humility, and integrity are fundamental to our engagements.
Fully committed to collaborations built on open communication, mutual knowledge exchanges, and common goals.
Consistently strive toward sustainable outcomes, with skills and benefits remaining within Indigenous communities for the long-term.
To achieve and maintain our mandate, we strive to braid these three strands across all aspects of our work. They reflect our organizational values and are integrated into our everyday work. The strands are critical to our success and, over the years, have led to a strong up-take of our programs by our partners.