Youth and young adults sample water at various sites identified by the community, testing for contaminants that affect drinking water and environmental water quality. The data collected belongs to the First Nation and helps guard against future water quality impacts.
Contaminant of Concern Studies
Water, sediment and fish samples are collected from lakes identified by the First Nation and analyzed in labs for water quality and contaminant levels. Local fishers catch the fish and are trained in sampling techniques for analysis. The data is owned by the community and the results are clearly presented to community members.
Strong Communities. Safe, clean water.
Water First acknowledges that our office lies within the traditional territory of the Petun and the Anishnaabeg, which consist of the Odawa, Ojibwe, and the Pottawatomi nations. The region in which we live and work has been a site of human activity for approximately 15,000 years, with Indigenous peoples being the sole inhabitants until as recently as 500 years ago. Water First is located on the territory covered by Lake Simcoe-Nottawasaga Treaty No. 18, of 1818.
Today, this area is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work with the community in this territory.