The Internship Program
In many First Nations communities, the issue of boil-water advisories has a clear association with the shortage of certified people to work in local water treatment plants. Indigenous communities do not receive comparable education, training and employment support when it comes to water science and management compared to the rest of the country. These supports are critical in ensuring the long-term sustainability of Indigenous water systems.
The internship program was born from community feedback, guidance and partners coming together with a focus on training and education to create local solutions. The internship trains primarily young, local Indigenous adults to become certified water treatment plant operators and to work within the environmental water field. During a 15-month paid opportunity, participants receive customized skills training and tutoring to obtain certification, along with on-the-job experience in their local water plants.
Water First is will be launching the internship program in more communities in 2020/2021 and adapting it to best address local drinking water concerns.
“I came here for a job, and ended here with a career.”
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Latest Drinking Water Stories
News release: Bimose Tribal Council and Water First Announce New Internship to Address Water Challenges in First Nations Communities
March 11th, 2020
Next Generation of Indigenous Water Treatment Workers Are Finding Solutions Through Training in Water Trades and Sciences
The Bimose Tribal Council in northwestern Ontario and Canadian charity Water First Education & Training Inc. announce their partnership to deliver a drinking water treatment and environmental water management internship program for young … Read More
June 19th, 2019
Each year, Water Canada recognizes and celebrates the achievement of people, projects and technology that address and improve water issues in Canada through the Water’s Next Award. The Water First Internship was one of the finalists for the 2019 Water’s Next Award in the category of Projects and Technology – … Read More
April 1st, 2019
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