YOUTH FOR Water, a pilot project of Green Communities Canada and The Sacred Water Circle, has entered the final phase as participants head to their communities to host water-themed workshops and implement action projects.
Crystal Cowie and Amber Pitawanakwat are hosting a workshop for children in Hiawatha First Nation on shoreline health and turtle nesting. In addition, Amber is partnering with the elementary school in her home community of Whitefish Lake First Nation to create a rain garden in the fall. Crystal is creating an information video about the Youth for Water program which will be available on Facebook upon completion.
Nat Cummings and Kristin Muskratt will host a series of workshops at Curve Lake First Nation School on rain gardens and traditional medicinal plants. The workshops will be followed by two planting events that will result in the creation of a rain garden and medicine garden at the school.
Program Coordinator Hattie Edwards is returning to her home community of Akwesasne in the spring to coordinate a local Youth for Water program with support from GCC and local groups.
Youth for Water is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Youth Opportunities Fund. A proposed second phase project is awaiting approval.