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Safe water needs skilled people.

Sustainable access to safe, clean water in Indigenous communities continues to be a critical issue in Canada.

The challenges are complex and layered–communities may face issues relating to infrastructure, source water quality or having enough people to manage water systems – or more than one of these issues at a time. Water First partners with Indigenous communities that have identified education and training as part of the solution to the water crisis. Because safe water needs skilled people.

Water First programs support participants in developing technical skills to go on to employment or further education in water science fields. Our programs also support Indigenous communities in strengthening capacity to manage and protect water resources for generations to come.

Every day, individuals contribute their unique skills, knowledge and passion to providing safe, clean water in their communities. Each person’s contribution is important.  Education and training programs, like those offered by Water First, help to build critical skills and confidence.

You can help make this possible. Your donation to Water First supports Indigenous communities in addressing critical water challenges through education and technical skills training.

Help us continue this important work. Donate today.

Everyone has a role to play in ensuring safe, clean water

Isaiah Tabobondung is a water operator from Wasauksing First Nation, and a 2022 graduate of the Water First Drinking Water Internship Program. Through this program, interns gain technical skills to pursue careers in water treatment and related fields, and to help provide safe, clean drinking water for their communities. 

As part of Isaiah’s job at the local water treatment plant, he uses his skills to monitor water quality and flow levels. His goal is to safeguard water resources for future generations.