The annual National First Nations Water Leadership Award recognizes First Nations individuals or organizations that have demonstrated leadership and outstanding dedication to the advancement of clean and safe drinking water in First Nations communities. The winner will receive a trophy and $500 art piece.  Also, $10,000 in bursaries will be awarded in the winner’s name to First Nation applicants who are pursuing or furthering their career in the water and wastewater industry.

*The nomination period for the 2023 National First Nations Water Leadership Award is now open until March 31, 2023.*

Who is eligible

Eligible candidates are First Nations individuals, community members or leaders, organizations or communities.

Eligible candidates must have demonstrated leadership and made outstanding contributions to the advancement of clean and safe drinking water in First Nations communities through their extraordinary involvement in First Nations water-related issues by:

  • Providing leadership during community drinking water emergencies or water infrastructure challenges, such as ending long-term drinking water advisories
  • Demonstrating innovation in relation to drinking water such as the development of new practices
  • Inspiring others through the creation, promotion or advancement of Indigenous community-based outreach or programs in support of clean and safe drinking water
  • Sharing knowledge through their work and achievements that support clean and safe drinking water including water system operation, relationship building, training or mentoring
  • Demonstrating collaboration skills through developing strong relationships and working in partnership with others to improve water outcomes

To submit a nomination, visit

For more information on the Award and last year’s nominees, please visit the National First Nations Water Leadership Award webpage.


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