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Community-Based Projects

Training designed to meet capacity needs

Based on local training needs and community-identified goals, we design a custom training program related to fish habitat restoration, water quality monitoring, mapping, data management, climate monitoring, winter monitoring, and fish contaminant studies.  The Environmental Water Program is adaptable to meet individuals and communities where they are at.

Project completed by the community for the community

Our training incorporates an environmental water project. Project-based training provides a way to apply new knowledge and skills out on the water. The long-term goals of the community inform and guide which project is carried out. A project completed for a community, by a community, can provide invaluable experience and increased confidence through the process.

Water First Intern: McKaylii Jawbone

McKaylii Jawbone, Water First Alumni
Kebaowek First Nation

McKaylii trained with Water First through a two-year fish habitat restoration project. The project involved constructing three large walleye spawning shoals. Restoration sites were identified in consultation with community Elders, restoration biologists and Water First staff.

She created this video to inspire and encourage others to join an internship with Water First.

We have been working with Brunswick House First Nation for over two years to help build capacity for their new Climate Change Monitoring Program. We have led five workshops focused on water quality and hydrology, data analysis and communication, GIS, and departmental visioning and planning. These workshops have increased technical skills for a team of 4 young adults in the community, and have enhanced their ability to collect and interpret information about the health of their waters, as well as share it with their community.

“My goal for this project is to create climate change awareness in the community and document long term effects of climate change. I would like to see the project continue to strive for years to come. Climate change means to me that Mother Earth is in pain and she needs more people to protect the water, the trees, the ground and everything in between.”

Santana Vanbuskirk, from Brunswick House First Nation, making a presentation.