Water knowledge and practice for Indigenous youth
Youth for Water bridges traditional Indigenous knowledge and culture with science and environmental issues. Youth aged 18-25 learn about water issues and get hands-on experience in delivering community water protection projects.
Youth for Water is a shared project with the Sacred Water Circle.
During the pilot year Youth for Water completed three community projects in Curve Lake First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, and Whitefish River First Nation.
Youth for Water hosted a week-long conference in November 2017 with 20 Indigenous youth from all over Ontario. Participants learned how to design and carry out water projects in their home communities.
Youth for Water participants have attended many speaking engagements to promote water and environmental protection. They have shared their stories and information about the program to encourage other youth to become more involved in their communities.
Presentations included a Council of Canadians event featuring Maude Barlow, the Unitarian Fellowship, Trent Community Movements Conference, and the Elders and Youth Gathering in Ottawa.
“It’s great to see so many youth are interested in being water leaders,” says Alix Taylor, Green Communities Canada, Programs Manager.