In numerous Indigenous communities across Canada, the tap water is not safe to drink.
Water First addresses the local water challenges in Indigenous communities through education, training, and meaningful collaboration to create sustainable water systems to last generations.
Indigenous School Water Program
The Indigenous School Water Program inspires future water scientists and increases Indigenous voices and perspectives in the water conversation.
Water First runs education programs for Indigenous K-12 students that facilitates hands-on learning through water science workshops and getting youth out on traditional land to complete environmental restoration projects of local significance. The workshops incorporate STEM curriculums with traditional ecological knowledge from the Indigenous community.
The best solutions to solve water challenges in Indigenous communities are going to come from the Indigenous communities themselves. This is why youth science education is so important.
Dillon Koopmans, Education Programs Manager
They can take that knowledge, and apply it in their future. Whether that be a career, or imparting that knowledge to other people.
Adrianna Bilinski, Indigenous School Engagement Coordinator
How can we help?
A contribution of $15,000 can deliver hands-on water science workshops and engage 150-200 Indigenous students in land-based experiential learning or can purchase water quality testing kits and student take-home materials to promote student conservation action for 22 schools and community partners.
Water First has delivered 30 Indigenous communities with hands-on STEM workshops over 8 years.
Reached over 550 Indigenous kindergarten to grade 12 students in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Growing demand in 2022, with 18 Indigenous community partners interested in hosting the program.
Together, let’s achieve equity in water access.
Poor drinking water leads to many health concerns including gastrointestinal illnesses, skin problems and birth defects. Every Indigenous community in Canada should have access to clean drinking water.