Youth Water Leaders: Our Water - Our Future
'Our Water - Our Future' is a project in which Indigenous Youth in Canada became water leaders in their communities. Indigenous youth were fully funded to participate in four workshops around the country (Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, and Hudson Bay watersheds), where they learned from and were inspired by a variety of leaders from media, politics, advocacy, literary, scientific and other fields from across Canada.
Real solutions to water issues were crafted by the youth participants and implemented in their communities with support from their community and CIER. The youth shared digital stories about their progress on CIER's IFF Culture website and celebrated their successes during Canada Water Week 2014.
CIER partnered with four enthusiastic Indigenous communities (Beausoleil First Nation, Lower Similkameen Indian Band, Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation and Fort Smith) that wanted to give the brightest youth in their community the opportunity to become leaders in the challenge to have universal access to safe drinking water and healthy freshwater ecosystems across the country. This project was a great success and CIER hopes to replicate the project for a second cohort of Water Leaders!