Youth for Water hosts conference

Indigenous youth from across Ontario received hands-on experience at a Youth for Water conference.

Indigenous youth from across Ontario received hands-on experience at a Youth for Water conference.

Indigenous youth from across Ontario received hands-on experience in Indigenous water knowledge, water science, solutions, grant writing, and project management at a conference hosted by Youth for Water, 6-10 November in Peterborough, ON.

“It’s great to see so many youth are interested in being water leaders,” says Alix Taylor, Green Communities Canada Manager, Water Programs.

A highlight of the event was a water ceremony led by Liz Osawamick at Kinomaage-Waapkong “The Rocks That Teach” (Petroglyphs Provincial Park). Guest speakers included:

  • Dan Longboat, Trent University Indigenous Environmental Program

  • Autumn Peltier, nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize

  • Edward E. George, Water Protector

  • Stephanie Allen, Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation

  • Mike Jacobs,  Cambium Aboriginal

  • Deborah McGregor, Associate Professor & CRC Indigenous Environmental Justice

  • Reno King, Toronto Green Community RAINscapeTO landscaper

Youth for Water is a program of Green Communities Canada. Organizations supporting the conference included Sacred Water Circle, GCC member organization GreenUP, Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, and Turtle Island Conservation. Youth for Water is also extremely grateful for the support of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.

The conference was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.

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