Empowering First Nations youth to develop a passion for water science

In What’s in your Water, students have the opportunity to learn about hydrology and watershed ecology while further developing their relationship with water and their lands. Students will be engaged in STEM-based water science workshops, either virtually or in-person. Where possible, students will be mentored by our local Water First drinking water interns and alumni, and gain insight into the local water science career paths that exist for Indigenous youth.

Water First will provide each participating school a large bin containing tools and learning resources including watershed models, microscopes, and water science field equipment to complete a variety of indoor and on the land learning activities. All activities are inquiry-driven and custom linked to your school’s curriculum.

"As the workshops went on, I could see the students getting more familiar with the tools. You could see the students becoming more efficient and independent using the water testing resources."

Teacher, Sagamok First Nation

Included in every program are opportunities to include relevant cultural practices and traditional languages. As well, each program involves collaborative knowledge exchanges with local Ecological Knowledge Experts and/or Indigenous water supply/treatment employees.

Using the tools and knowledge gained by the workshop, a select group of student scientists predetermined by the school will apply their learning by leading an investigation and analysis of the overall health of a local water source of the community’s choice. They will then share their learning with their peers and community.

What’s In Your Water is designed to be offered to schools either as a single program or annually. Annual delivery sustains and advances students’ water science knowledge and skills over the long-term.

A large bin containing tools and learning resources including watershed models, microscopes, and water science field equipment is provided to every school.

Included in every program are opportunities to include relevant cultural practices and traditional languages. As well, each program involves collaborative knowledge exchanges with local Ecological Knowledge Experts and/or Indigenous water supply/treatment employees.

Using the tools and knowledge gained by the workshop, a select group of student scientists predetermined by the school will apply their learning by leading an investigation and analysis of the overall health of a local water source of the community’s choice. They will then share their learning with their peers and community.

What’s In Your Water is designed to be offered to schools either as a single program or annually. Annual delivery sustains and advances students’ water science knowledge and skills over the long-term.

A large bin containing tools and learning resources including watershed models, microscopes, and water science field equipment is provided to every school.

A customized source water monitoring tool kit is left with the school for continued monitoring.

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We look forward to making new friendships and working together to provide your school with enriching learning experiences.