News Release: Indigenous communities in Mexico and Canada join forces to increase water resilience

GARDEN VILLAGE, ON – The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) awarded $200,000 to Canadian and Mexican organizations to work on increasing water resilience through Rain Water Harvesting.  The project, called One Water, will foster collaboration between Nipissing First Nation and three Indigenous communities in Mexico (Wixárika- Jalisco, Mazateca-Oaxaca and Rarámuri-Chihuahuan). The project team also includes Isla Urbana, Canadian Shield Consultants and University of Toronto’s Center for Global Engineering.

Community members from Nipissing First Nation are invited to take part in this project. Please help us by completing this short survey to better understand the past and current water situation in Nipissing First Nation, your relationship with water and how we can work together on this project.  Responses are confidential and will be used solely for the purpose of this project.  Survey participants will enter a draw to win a $150 gift card.

As part of this project, a delegation of five community members from Nipissing First Nation will be visiting Mexico in September to exchange knowledge with Indigenous partners and associations and set up the foundation for this collaboration.  In 2024, a Mexican delegation will reciprocate this visit by traveling to Nipissing First Nation to support the installation of 3 Rain Water Harvesting systems.

This is one of the 14 projects selected out of the over 330 proposals received by CEC under the EJ4Climate Grant Program.  For more information on the project, please visit its profile on CEC’s website:


“The Nbisiing Anishinaabeg have lived in the area of Lake Nipissing since time immemorial. Our people are inherently tied to the water and continue to protect this resource for current and future generations. Today, we are proud to announce our collaboration on water resilience with Indigenous communities in Mexico to share knowledge and resources.”
Chief Scott McLeod, Nipissing First Nation

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About Nipissing First Nation

The people of Nipissing First Nation, known as the Nipissings, have lived in the area of Lake Nipissing since time immemorial.  Prior to the signing of the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850, the Nipissings had occupied and enjoyed the lands surrounding the Lake Nipissing watershed for their sustenance and survival through harvesting and other means.

Today, Nipissing First Nation’s mission is to continue to protect our Nation’s inherent rights and to empower the membership to work together in a positive, progressive manner to improve well-being and quality of life, to be socially and economically independent, culturally strong and self-governing.


For more information (media only), please contact:

Hillary Shabogesic-Martel, Communications Officer
Nipissing First Nation
705-753-2050 ext. 1270
[email protected]