World Water Day is here! How will you celebrate?

Hi, I’m Wendy. Today is World Water Day and I’d like to introduce myself and talk about something that matters deeply to me and you—water.

My son and I exploring the rocks and water along the shore of eastern Georgian Bay.

My son and I exploring the rocks and water along the shore of eastern Georgian Bay.

I grew up in the outskirts of Toronto and was lucky to spend most of my summer weekends on a small island in cottage country with my extended family, surrounded by water. This connection with water from a very young age had a huge influence on my identity and connection to both people and place. It continues to be a constant thread in all aspects of my life.

My work at Tides Canada has been an extension of that connection and passion. We’ve made freshwater a priority for Tides Canada, recognizing a healthy environment that promotes social and economic prosperity requires healthy watersheds.

77% of Canadians believe water degradation will become a serious problem in the next 10 years if we don’t improve its management. The opportunity to shape the future of our country’s freshwater strategy is now.

Tides Canada is working with leaders and organizations solving complex freshwater issues facing our country. And your help is essential to this work. Together, we’re tackling freshwater challenges head on by:

  • Preventing duplication of efforts among water organizations;
  • Educating people on water stewardship by building a water movement; and,
  • Ensuring conservation of freshwater for the people, animals, and plants that depend on its health.

Our goal is for all waters in Canada to be in good health by 2025. On this World Water Day, join us and support this goal by making a donation.

Water touches every aspect of our lives and sustains our economies, cultures, and communities from coast to coast to coast.

I hope you’ll take this opportunity to not only remember and celebrate the role of water in your life, but to make a commitment to preserve this vital resource.

Thank you for taking care of Canada’s precious waters,

Wendy Cooper
Water Program Lead, Tides Canada

P.S. Now is the time to protect our water. Your gift of $50, $100, or more today will help the vision of healthy water for future generations come true.

Interview with Tara Marsden, Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Office

Gitanyow is a community nestled along the Kitwanga River in Northwestern BC. They are represented by the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs to establish modern treaties and implement First Nations conservation practices and land use planning for their territory. We interviewed Wilp Sustainability Director for the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Tara Marsden and learned more about the Gitanyow model of long-term conservation planning, the significance of observing and adopting First Nations values and methods in conservation, and the importance of flexible, multi-year granting.

Community stories share local food successes in northern Manitoba

928 kilometres north of Winnipeg, Manitoba lies Barren Lands First Nation and Brochet. Facing high food costs, the community of just over 600 people expanded on an already existing interest in gardening by building a 14 x 20-foot greenhouse in 2013 in coordination with their local health centre and the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative (NMFCCC). This is only one of many inspiring examples from the NMFCCC 2016 Community Stories booklet, which shares learnings from 18 communities.