NWO First Nations launch program to train water plant operators  

March 25, 2020

Bimose Tribal Council, which represents eight First Nations communities in northwestern Ontario, has partnered with the charity Water First Education & Training Inc to train future water plant operators among the member First Nations. The Bimose Tribal Council is offering a drinking water treatment and environmental water management internship program for Indigenous youth, and 14 young adults are reportedly currently participating in the program. "They're just learning the basics: OITs, operators in training,” said Phil Tangie, hub manager for Bimose Tribal Council. “They're also learning water quality analysis, source water protection, anything and everything to do with water, with the hopes that some of these interns will eventually become at the very least a water plant operator in their community." The first six months of the 18-month program is funded by Indigenous Services Canada and Tangie expressed hope that ISC would fund the program for its duration after seeing the results from those first six months.   CBC  (ON)