The latest news and updates on our programs.
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 the new reality of working from home, just like you. We realize more than ever how our focus on building meaningful partnerships over the past 10 years truly makes a difference today.
Recently, an intern shared their pride in coming to understand the essential role that water plant operators have. Especially during their community’s response to COVID-19.
Jamie Lee Parenteau, Water First Intern, Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation
Water First would prefer to be in communities, side-by-side with our partners. But the health and well-being of Indigenous communities is our top priority. So instead, our team has been listening carefully and adapting our programs.
Water First is developing remote and interactive online programming tailored to our interns. We are working closely with each intern to understand their own personal response to the situation. This is top of mind when creating options and exploring digital solutions, especially for remote areas. In partnership with our friends at the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, our drinking water interns were shipped textbooks last week. This will allow our team to tutor interns from afar and help prepare the group for upcoming certification exams.
We are connecting with First Nations school partners, sharing learning resources like these from the National Ground Water Association. We are also supporting students, including a high school group from Lake St. Martin First Nation who are keeping the momentum going on their Water First environmental initiative. Students are creating handmade wooden signs promoting sustainability. As well as planning for gardens in their community, which was recently relocated. As our partners determine plans for the rest of the school year, we will continue to adapt our programming and support.
As always, our focus will remain on pursuing lasting results and inspiring a passion for clean water.
Next Generation of Water Keepers
Water First is collaborating with Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach on a 4-year Environmental Water project in northern Quebec. This community is home to the only group of Naskapi people in the world.
The project was developed in consultation with community leaders, wildlife harvesters and Elders. Together we aim to better understand the effects of a changing climate on local fish populations and concerns of mercury contamination in the natural environment.
Learn more about our environmental interns Lawrence Mameanskum and Noah Mokoush.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this April 22nd, it is a strong reminder of the lasting results we are striving towards together.
The water crisis in Indigenous communities in Canada is unacceptable. With your help and in true partnership with communities — we are supporting sustainable and safe water in Indigenous communities for generations to come.
Everyone has a right to safe, clean water. And you are a part of the solution. Thank you!
Let’s keep the momentum going!
Take the Clean Water Challenge
Help us show support for essential workers by thanking your local water treatment operators who provide clean drinking water straight to your tap.
Here’s the challenge:
- Share a social post in support of essential workers by thanking your local water treatment operators!
- Tag two friends and challenge them to show their support by using the hashtag #WaterIsEssential
- Make sure to follow @waterfirstngo
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