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Indigenous Water Allyship: One Drop Foundation's commitment to water

Indigenous Water Allyship: One Drop Foundation's commitment to water
Indigenous Water Allyship: One Drop Foundation's commitment to water

The One Drop Foundation has long been a beacon of hope in the global quest for sustainable water access and sanitation. Expanding its efforts into Canada, the Foundation has launched the Indigenous Water Allyship, a significant initiative aimed at supporting First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. This partnership seeks to improve living conditions and health through the powerful mediums of water and art.

Recognising traditional stewards

The One Drop Foundation acknowledges the Inuit, Métis, and First Nations Peoples across Canada as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters since time immemorial. The Foundation expresses gratitude to the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders, both past and present, and to the youth who continue to inspire and lead the way forward.

About the Indigenous Water Allyship

The Indigenous Water Allyship, co-designed and implemented with, by, and for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth and their communities, spans from 2023 to 2030. The programme's initial phase is spearheaded by the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER). This phase focuses on empowering Indigenous youth to voice their concerns and visions regarding water-related challenges through artistic and community-based approaches. Following this, the second phase aims to develop a long-term programme to improve living conditions and health in Indigenous communities through increased knowledge and equitable access to safe water.

Despite Canada being one of the most water-rich countries, many Indigenous communities face significant water-related challenges. Recurring drinking water advisories expose these communities to contaminants, leading to waterborne illnesses and long-term health issues. The One Drop Foundation, through the Indigenous Water Allyship, aims to address these disparities and promote water justice for Indigenous Peoples.

Empowerment through water and art

For 15 years, the One Drop Foundation has been dedicated to ensuring sustainable access to safe water and sanitation worldwide. Aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and committed to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, the Foundation is now focusing on enhancing access to safe water in Canada. By harnessing the power of water and social art, the Indigenous Water Allyship programme aims to:

- Promote the capacity of Indigenous youth to influence water and climate issues.

- Enhance Indigenous and intergenerational cultural wisdom on water-related matters.

- Increase mobilisation from all sectors in Canada to address these issues.

Collaborative partnerships

The success of the Indigenous Water Allyship relies on the collaboration and support of various partners. The One Drop Foundation extends its gratitude to the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER), Keurig Dr Pepper Canada, Ovivo, and Power Corporation of Canada. Their support is crucial in scaling this initiative from coast to coast, ensuring a broad and impactful reach.

The Indigenous Water Allyship represents a meaningful step towards addressing water-related challenges in Indigenous communities through a blend of traditional wisdom, youth empowerment, and innovative approaches. Through this initiative, the One Drop Foundation reaffirms its commitment to water justice and sustainable development in Canada.


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