July, 2014, Saugeen First Nation and the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, Ontario
Respecting the spirit and life-giving force of water was a recurring theme in two workshops produced in July, 2014 focusing on the importance of water quality through a culturally relevant and holistic lens. In partnership with the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, the Saugeen First Nation and the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, the workshops engaged 10 youths aged 13 to 18 through presentations, guest speakers and interactive, hands-on activities.
The project was also funded through RES’EAU-WaterNET and the NSERC Strategic Enhancement Initiative (SNEI) program. The events were organized and hosted by network HQP Elliott Corston-Pine and Luke Brennan of the University of Guelph. A survey indicated that the youth gained significant knowledge of drinking water and wastewater treatment processes, the importance of maintaining clean water and clean water distribution systems and the significance of the Walkerton tragedy