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Summer 2022

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Summer 2022

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Quarterly Newsletter

Summer 2022

The latest news and updates on our programs.


Water Walk with Wasauksing First Nation

The Schools Program team was in Wasauksing First Nation a few weeks ago, working with students from Wasauksing Kinomaugewgamik. The school runs a Water Week each spring to close out a year spent learning about the water. Coordinating alongside school staff members Melanie Dolson (Grade 3/4 teacher) and Deina Bomberry (Language/Cultural teacher and Local Water Walker), Water First was invited to run programming during this week-long event.

We were honoured to participate in the community’s 10th Water Walk, community feast, and art exhibit run by Deina Bomberry. A school Eagle Staff was created by incorporating the youths’ ideas as a symbol of the community, which was presented through a ceremony of drum and song, and concluded with passing the Staff to the oldest and youngest students in the community. The event was featured in the local newspaper.

Our ‘What’s in Your Water’ program had students exploring Wasauksing First Nation’s connection with their watershed, learning about spawning shoals and invasive species, going on field trips to the Aqua-Cage Fisheries (fish farm), and collecting and analyzing water monitoring samples. So fun!

Isaiah Tabobondung (a previous student of Wasauksing Kinomaugewgamik and current Water First Drinking Water Intern) visited and shared with the students about his experiences and current work. He also brought in some tools to demonstrate water testing. It’s so inspiring when a participant from the Internship brings their enthusiasm to the students!

North Shore Tribal Council Internship Gears Up

As the Georgian Bay Internship cohort enters the tail-end of their program, the North Shore Tribal Council (NSTC) Water First Internship cohort is being recruited. Starting this spring, we met with community representatives and each community’s water treatment operators.

Advertisements were posted in all the communities and information booths were set up at two local events to help promote this internship opportunity. Now, after a review of all the applicants and interviews, 12 candidates from seven communities have been offered placements in the Internship.

On July 4th in Sault Ste. Marie, the interns, North Shore Tribal Council members and Water First staff will gather to kick off this latest Internship together. The weeklong workshop will begin with an opening ceremony with Ogamauh annag (Sue Chiblow) from Garden River First Nation, who is a member of the Indigenous Advisory Council to Water First.

In Batchewana First Nation, Chief Sayers will welcome everyone and the group will tour the community’s water treatment plant. Each day will be filled with opportunities to hear from alumni about their experiences in the Internship, build relationships with each other, explore local water bodies, and participate in a series of exploratory activities related to source water contamination, treatment processes, and math and chemistry for operators. 

Experience in a Big City Treatment Plant

Lori Corbiere is a current Drinking Water Program intern from Wahnapitae First Nation, which does not have a water treatment plant. In order for Lori to accumulate the required 1,800 hours of experience she needs to qualify for Class 1 water operator certification, she is working at the City of Greater Sudbury water treatment plant. Recently, Lori wrote about her experience at the plant in this blog.

Cross-Program Connections in Naskapi

Water First was in Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach this past May with both the Environmental Water Program team and the Indigenous Schools Water Program team delivering workshops and training.  Hover over a photo to read the caption.