Tag Archives: Water First Internship

Alumni Update

Since graduating, the Interns have been meeting regularly to stay connected, to improve the program, and to pave the way for future interns. They recognize what a powerful experience they have had and want to support future cohorts to be even more successful.

Water First has recently implemented a Professional … Read More

Water First Internship Highlighted as Innovative Initiative in Government of Canada Sustainable Development Report

In October 2018, Environment and Climate Change Canada released a report detailing the Government of Canada’s efforts in realizing the 13 aspirational goals set out in its 2016 to 2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

For each goal, the report sets out why each goal is important, overall progress made towards … Read More

Make a real difference to a long-standing problem

I was so proud to see the 10 interns graduate.

Not only because we had been through so much together over the last 15 months. And not only because I knew how much they had learned and grown both personally and professionally. But because looking at these 10 smiling and … Read More

Indigenous youth graduate from Water First Internship Program

Ten youth from seven First Nations achieve certifications to address drinking water and environmental water challenges

Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, Manitoulin Island – Ten Indigenous youth were honoured this morning for successfully completing the Water First Internship Program at a graduation ceremony held on the powwow grounds of Aundeck … Read More

Internship Program: Blending Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Cutting Edge Technology

Water First Interns from across Manitoulin Island were brought together for a week in May to explore traditional knowledge along with new technologies.

Interns heard from guest speakers about traditional ecological knowledge and Elders discussed the changes in the migratory patterns of fish and animals. Elders shared their observations about … Read More

Alex Cartagena, Sheshegwaning First Nation

Alex Cartagena has worked a lot of jobs since high school – in carpentry, in forestry, and at the quarry. When that last job at the quarry ended due to a shutdown, he found himself unemployed, with two children and bills to pay.

The Water First Internship is a ticket … Read More

Alex Nahwegahbow, Whitefish River First Nation

Alex Nahwegahbow obtained is Operator-In-Training certification and Water Quality Analyst certification, two goals that he set out at the start the internship. “This is a great opportunity,” he said. “I like this work, and it’s a good job to get into.”

Alex completed one year of a Police Foundations diploma … Read More

Amy Waboose, Whitefish River First Nation

“A lot of people are oblivious about the water,” says Amy Waboose. “But for our culture, water is life. It’s important, and I try to teach my son the same.”

Amy is now working full time at the Whitefish River First Nation Water Treatment plant as an Operator-in-Training and Water … Read More

Cassidy Beaudin, M’Chigeeng First Nation

An avid outdoorsman, Cassidy Beaudin is keen to turn his Water First Internship experience into a job as a treatment plant operator.

“Water is the key to life, I’ve always known how important it is,” he said. “And I really like being part of making clean water.”

After graduating high … Read More

Chelsea Antoine Debassige, Zhiibaahaasing First Nation

When Chelsea Antoine Debassige first heard about the Water First Internship and the training it provides, she thought, “What on earth is a water quality analyst?”

The Water First Internship has given Chelsea a chance to work in her home community (the most remote on Manitoulin Island). Chelsea is currently … Read More

Dallas Goodfellow, Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation

Dallas Goodfellow was born in Sault Ste. Marie, and moved to Aundeck Omni Kaning (AOK) when he was in Grade 3. He had a job at the AOK water treatment plant while he was in high school, and has worked since high school at a local fish farm.

The Water … Read More

Naomi Mandamin, Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory

Naomi Mandamin was born in Sudbury, and moved to Wiikwemkoong when she was in Grade 5. As a result, she says with a smile, “I’m not a bush person, I’m a city girl.”

She’s also been fascinated with science for as long as she can remember. “I’ve always wanted to … Read More

Paige Manitowabi, Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory

Paige Manitowabi is excited to take what she’s learning as a Water First intern and combine it with her growing interest in traditional Anishinaabe ways. That mix of knowledge, she thinks, could be the key to solving a lot of issues.

“It’s new knowledge – I’m learning a lot,” she … Read More

Eric Vautour, Sheguiandah First Nation

A young man with an activist’s heart, Eric Vautour has been involved with water and environmental issues since high school. As a teenager he worked on Sheguiandah’s Green Plan Project, a program that engaged youth in environmental actions like shoreline cleanups. Following high school, he did a contract as a … Read More

Chris Wemigwans, Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation

Chris Wemigwans saw the Water First Internship as a chance to learn valuable skills and lay the groundwork for a career in his home community. Chris was hired by Aundeck Omni Kaning (AOK) after the internship and is now working as an OIT at the local water treatment plant.

Born … Read More