Developing Future Environmental Leaders
CIER coached over one thousand First Nations children and youth to be 'Water Guardians', stewards of the waters of their traditional territory. CIER delivered interactive outdoor workshops for First Nations children and youth, with a focus on both Indigenous and Western Science knowledge. During these workshops, youth engaged in hands-on learning about water and watersheds, and approaches to water stewardship and conservation. Youth spent time with their community Elders learning about the importance of water in their culture and how to care for it, and made pledges for action as future 'Water Guardians' in their First Nations. These youth will be our future leaders in making the critical changes needed for First Nations to have clean drinking water and watersheds that support people and the species that they rely on.