One of the most fundamental challenges in Canada today is the lack of sustainable access to safe, clean water for Indigenous Peoples.
Every community’s experience and relationship with water is unique. Due to the complexity of the water challenges faced by Indigenous communities, an integrated approach involving multiple solutions is critical for long-term sustainability. Nobody understands this more than the people who live there.
Infrastructure and technology alone cannot solve the water crisis; having enough skilled people to operate and maintain the systems is also critical.
Safe water needs skilled people.
Though existing staff are doing an amazing job with available resources, many Indigenous communities in Canada have identified the need for more young, qualified and local personnel to support solving water issues – independently and for the long term. However, there is a lack of locally available opportunities for young adults to gain the required relevant skills and experiences.
Water First works with communities to provide locally-based education and training opportunities for young Indigenous adults to gain the technical skills required to monitor and provide safe clean water to their communities.
Interns currently training with Water First shared their thoughts on what this means to them and their communities: