Written By: Hitanshi P. and Shreya N.
In honour of Indigenous Awareness Month in June, members of Central Peel Secondary School’s Interact club hosted a charity event called “Run for Water”. Over the course of the event, over 100 students and teachers at Central Peel Secondary School participated. Cumulatively, participants travelled a total distance of 1800 km while raising awareness about the Indigenous Water Crisis. The team successfully fundraised over $1000, which will be donated to Water First – a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing water challenges in Indigenous communities through education, training and meaningful collaboration.
As one of Canada’s guiding charitable organizations, Water First has developed a program committed to working with Indigenous communities to provide aid and improve local water-related conditions. Their “Water Internship Program” supports young Indigenous adults aged 18-35 by providing training for careers in water science. Upon completing the program, interns obtain the skills and necessary certification to become a water operator. The program does not only benefit the participants, but also those living in Indigenous communities by improving the overall access to safe drinking water.
Central Peel Secondary School’s Interact club is dedicated to community service and advocacy. The students strive to be at the forefront of change regarding issues that affect Indigenous communities. They encourage others to learn about the Indigenous Water Crisis, and donate to help all Indigenous communities have access to clean water, now and for future generations.