Water First works with Indigenous communities to complete environmental water projects restoring areas of local significance and testing water for possible contaminants. The community is involved throughout the entire process. Through consultations with Elders and those who understand local waterways, our projects address community priorities and restore the health of water bodies on traditional territories.
Across our programs, we hire and train locally to ensure the knowledge and experiences remain in the community. Our interns are primarily young Indigenous adults who are involved with everything from site assessment, to sourcing local materials, to completing the restoration work and ongoing monitoring. They work alongside an Indigenous mentor, who brings knowledge of the land and waterways.
Esri Canada is honoured to partner with Water First. Environmental sustainability is crucial for Esri and we’re pleased that our software will help Water First carry out their current conservation work and help future First Nation generations manage their water resources.
Bryan Minhinnett, Esri Canada
Written by McKaylii Jawbone of Kebaowek First Nation, Water First Intern
I was a part of a two-year project to restore and enhance walleye spawning habitats in my community. Working with Ivan and Kacie made the project run so smoothly, we worked well as a team and we always had … Read More
Walleye spawn in the spring as soon as the ice is out by depositing eggs over rocks and cobble shoals. The fertilized eggs fall into the cracks and spaces between the rocks to safely incubate and hatch.
Female walleye can carry up to 26,000 eggs per pound of body weight. … Read More
On January 24 people braved the freezing temperatures and gathered at the Eagle Dome at Kebaowek First Nation to celebrate the completion of the Walleye Habitat Restoration project, a partnership between Kebaowek First Nation and Water First.
Throughout the two-year project, three large walleye spawning shoals were constructed at restoration … Read More