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