Archbishop Mark MacDonald, the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop of Canada, has brought a group of representatives together from churches and community groups with interests in the Indigenous communities in Canada. The group was initiated because there were concerns from many of Archbishop Mark’s contacts regarding the lack of good drinking water in First Nations’ communities and how ordinary Canadians could effect change.
Archbishop Mark’s group, now known as Pimatisiwin Nipi (“Living Water”) Group, supported PWRDF’s water program in the Northern Ontario community of Pikangikum as it worked to achieve the Four Pillars in their work together: Advocacy, Education, Partnership and Strategic Giving. Since 2013, Pimatisiwin Nipi Group partnered with Pikangikum and with PWRDF to install safe drinking water and indoor plumbing in the homes that need it the most.
The generous offerings and training of previous years make it possible for the community of Pikangikum to move to the next phase on its own. We are pleased to report our fundraising going forward will support more First Nations communities across Ontario thanks to a new partnership between PWRDF and Water First, an organization that addresses water challenges in Indigenous communities in Canada through education, training and meaningful collaboration.