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Water First

What does safe water mean to you?

A man working in his home water treatment plant.
“To me, safe water means that everybody in my community can turn on their tap, fill a glass of water, and drink it and if any problems arise within the community they can be addressed and resolved within a timely manner with my team.”

Hunter Edison is a graduate of the Drinking Water Internship Program and is now employed as the lead operator at his community’s water treatment plant.

Safe water can mean a lot of things, from the personal to the practical, and it means something different  to every person in every community. For most of us, safe water means not even considering the act  of turning on the tap, cooking dinner, or taking a shower. But for Indigenous communities across the country, safe water supply is at risk.

At Water First, safe water means education and training. It means building local capacity. It means skilled, passionate people working in their communities. 

Indigenous communities are disproportionately affected by water advisories. As of October 2023, 14% of First Nations in Canada are affected by a boil water advisory – and that number is significantly higher in many provinces*. 

When you give to Water First, you are supporting educational programs, training, and hands-on internships that give local people the skills needed to keep the water safe for future generations.

Join Water First in 2024 as we work to create meaningful, collaborative programming to address complex water challenges – because to us, safe water means finding solutions, together.

When you give to Water First, you are supporting:

  • Collaborative solutions to the critical and complex water challenges facing Indigenous communities across Canada
  • Work that ensures more Indigenous people have access to the skills training needed to pursue meaningful employment as water science professionals 
  • Fun and engaging water science school programming for Indigenous students
  • Work that helps build capacity for safe water and strengthened communities across Canada for generations to come!

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Alumni graduate Amy Waboose working in her community drinking water treatment plant.